Homicides increased by 14.7 percent in Colorado in 2015 over 2014, with a total of 172 cases being reported to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by the state’s 245 law enforcement agencies.
Fifty-one homicide victims were African American, representing almost 30 percent of all Coloradans murdered in 2015, while blacks constitute only 4 percent of the state’s general population. African Americans represented 32 percent of known offenders, according to the data compiled through the Colorado Uniform Crime Reporting Program and released publicly this week (July 5).
Almost 69 percent of homicide victims were listed as white, while Latino victims were not broken out as a separate category.
The number of reported rape cases was also up in 2015. The total of 3,275 rapes represented a 10.6 percent increase from 2014.
The total of 3,321 robberies reported in 2015 represented a 9.6 percent increase in robberies from 2014, with a firearm being used in 1,292 of those cases.
In the homicide category, 124 of the victims were male, while 48 were female. July was the deadliest month in 2015, with 22 homicides, while September and November were tied for second with 19. August had the fewest cases with nine.
There were 17,723 domestic violence cases reported in 2015.
The 2015 Crime in Colorado publication reflects an overall increase of 6.2 percent in the number of reported crimes compared to 2014. The crime of motor vehicle theft showed the greatest percentage change with an increase of 27.7 percent, according to the report.
This post was updated on July 13, 2016 to correct the caption in the bottom graphic.