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Auto Theft Prevention Resources

Motor vehicle theft is on the rise, according to statistics from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. There were 22,206 cases of auto theft in 2017, a 72{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} increase from 2014! Less than half of the vehicles were recovered. And vehicle break-ins are one of the most common types of property crimes in Colorado. So what […]

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Business Identity Theft

Identity theft doesn’t just target individuals — businesses are also vulnerable to these types of crimes. Hijackers can steal financial information from businesses in order to pose as that business to establish lines of credit or make fraudulent purchases. How can your business protect itself from identity theft and cyber crimes? Three Colorado state agencies […]

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Colorado Crime Statistics

The Colorado Department of Public Safety recently debuted a new crime statistics database. You can use the site to search statewide or by jurisdiction; year, back to 2008; and type of crime. For example, when you search property crimes, you get charts on location; type of weapon/force; injuries and victim types; time of day/day of […]

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Tips for Avoiding Cyber Scams

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. What can you do to avoid being a victim of cyber crime? Criminals are increasingly using the internet to target victims, either to steal their identities or scam them out of a lot of money – or both. Below are some common types of cyber fraud, and tips to […]

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Colorado Jury Instructions for Criminal Cases

Each year the Colorado Supreme Court’s Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee issues an updated instruction book for juries on criminal cases. This highly detailed document includes laws and information on the jury selection process and information specific to each different crime category, from homicide to traffic offenses and everything in between. The instructions also include […]

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Community Corrections in Colorado

Felonies for controlled substances and assault increased in 2017 over the previous year, while theft and forgery were slightly down, according to the 2017 annual report of the Office of Community Corrections, which was released last week. A part of the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS), the Office of Community Corrections works to “enhance […]

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School Safety Resources

Sadly, there has been another school shooting, and our thoughts are with Florida during this difficult time.  The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and other state agencies have many resources on school safety available to students, schools, and parents, such as CDE’s Safety & Security Facility Information webpage The State Publications Library’s Quick Guide to […]

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New Laws in Effect January 1

On New Year’s Day several new laws, passed during the 2016 and 2017 legislative sessions, went into effect.  The new laws are: HB16-1387, Health Insurance for Protein Allergic Conditions SB17-065, Transparency in Direct Pay Health Care Prices SB17-088, Participating Provider Network Selection Criteria  HB17-1220, Prevent Marijuana Diversion to Illegal Market HB17-1231, Market Conduct Examinations Insurance […]

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Executive Clemency

The governor’s power to grant or deny pardons has been in the news recently.  How does an offender apply for a pardon or commutation of sentence?  The answer can be found on the Colorado Department of Corrections’ Clemency Requests webpage.  Here the steps for applying for clemency are outlined, along with facts about the process: […]

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Preventing School Violence

A new school year has begun, and students deserve a healthy school experience free from violence, crime, and bullying.  Several state agencies are working to help prevent school violence and provide all children and youth with a safe place to learn and grow. The Colorado School Safety Resource Center is the state’s main agency for […]

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New Report on Heroin Use in Colorado

Today the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) and several partner agencies released a new report on heroin use in Colorado.  Heroin in Colorado:  Preliminary Assessment is the product of the Heroin Response Work Group, which includes the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the Governor’s Office, and other […]

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Colorado Missing Persons Day

Today has officially been declared Colorado Missing Persons Day.  If you are looking for statistics on missing persons in Colorado, our library can help.  The Colorado Bureau of Investigation publishes an annual report on missing children.  Our library has issues from 1985 to the present on our website. CBI has also put together a list […]

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Campus Security Reports

The Clery Act is a federal law passed in 1990 that requires campuses to collect and report campus crime and safety data.  Here’s where you can find the reports published by Colorado’s state-funded colleges and universities: Adams State University Aims Community College  Arapahoe Community College  Colorado Mesa University Colorado Mountain College Colorado Northwestern Community College  […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Colorado Prison Populations

How much has Colorado’s prison population grown in 40 years?  As of July 31, there are 17,497 inmates in Colorado public and private prisons.  This is quite an increase from 1976, when the incarcerated population was 2,260!  This info is detailed in a 1978 report from the Department of Corrections, which analyzed how prison population […]

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Offender Database and Information

Did you know that you can search a database for information on Colorado corrections inmates?  On the Department of Corrections’ Offender Search website, you can search by name and/or their correctional number.  Search results will include the offender’s name, age, corrections number, mugshot, ethnicity, gender, height, weight, eye color, hair color, parole/release/discharge dates as applicable, […]

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The Cost of Corrections in Colorado

How much does it cost to keep an inmate in a Colorado correctional facility each day?  The answers — contained in a Colorado Department of Corrections publication Cost Per Offender by Facility — may surprise you.  Currently, the cost of housing a single inmate ranges between $53 and $224 per day, depending on the level […]

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Crime Statistics

Each year the Colorado Bureau of Investigation publishes a report on their website, Crime in Colorado, with statistics on crime for the past year.  The reports are interactive rather than book-form, to make searching for specific stats easier.  Each year’s report is archived online so that researchers can go back and compare statistics from year to year.  […]

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Underage Drinking

The Colorado Department of Revenue has released a new website/app, the State of Colorado Underage Drinking Enforcement Website.  This site provides statistical information on minors in possession.  On the site, you can look up the number of tickets issued for underage drinking by Colorado region and check whether local establishments have been issued citations for serving […]

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SB14-002: Safe2Tell Program

SB14-002, regarding the Safe2Tell program, is making its way through the Legislature.  Safe2Tell is a service which teens can use to anonymously report threats to themselves, their school, or someone they know.  Currently a 501c3 nonprofit, the Senate Bill will make the program part of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and provide approximately $277,000 in state funding.  […]

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Human Trafficking

One of the hot topics at the Legislature this year is human trafficking, and in fact, yesterday was Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Capitol.  According to the Senate Joint Resolution that was considered yesterday, human trafficking is the “fastest growing criminal industry in the world” and “approximately 27 million adults and children worldwide are […]

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Colorado Dept. of Corrections Releases New Statistical Report

The Colorado Dept. of Corrections has just released a new statistical report, which includes information on prison population, crime rates, security, admissions and releases, parole, recidivism, demographics, and more.  The report shows a decline in total prison population but a slight increase in the youthful offender population.  The data in the report is shown both […]