The rates of all types of crime in Colorado have been going down every year for several years, and they continue to do so, according to the 2008-2010 Crime and Justice in Colorado report.
In 2003, crime rates in Colorado hit a twenty-year low, according to the report. The rate dipped again in 2005, and it fell an additional 6 percent between 2008 and 2009. The rate of violent crimes dropped as part of the falling overall crime rate, a pattern that has been copied in most states throughout the U.S. The report notes that homicides, or crimes involving the killing of a person in some way, have stayed steady at 150 to 200 incidents in Colorado each year.
In 2009, 186,030 arrests of adults were made in Colorado for a variety of suspected crimes. An additional 39,876 juveniles faced arrest in 2009. Both of those numbers represented a decrease from 2008, in which 190,499 adult Coloradoans and 46,395 juveniles in Colorado faced arrest.