This article describes crime in the U.S. state of Colorado.


In 2011, there were 151,125 crimes reported in Colorado.[1]

In 2008, there were 158,236 crimes reported in Colorado, including 156 murders, 141,107 property crimes, and 2,094 rapes.[2]

Capital punishment laws

Main article: Capital punishment in Colorado

Capital punishment is not applied in this state.[3]

Notable crimes

Two of the country's largest mass shootings have occurred in Colorado: the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 and the Aurora movie theater massacre in 2012. Other notable mass shootings in Colorado include the Colorado YWAM and New Life shootings in 2007, the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting in 2015, the National Western Complex shootout in Denver in 2016, the 2021 Boulder shooting, the 2021 Colorado Springs shooting, and most recently the Colorado Springs nightclub shooting in 2022.

In 2004, Marvin Heemeyer, a business owner, used a modified bulldozer to smash into light poles, trees and buildings in Granby, Colorado.

The Diol-Beye family murders occurred on August 5, 2020, where 5 members of a family were killed in an arson blaze, believed to be the house of a different group involved with a stolen iPhone.

See also


  1. ^ Colorado Crime Rate State of Colorado. Retrieved August 10, 2012
  2. ^ Colorado Crime Rates Disaster Center. Retrieved August 10, 2012
  3. ^ "Governor signs bill abolishing Colorado's death penalty, commutes sentences of state's 3 death row inmates". 23 March 2020.