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Uniform Crime Definitions

Arson - To unlawfully and intentionally damage, or attempt to damage, any real or personal property by fire of incendiary device. (FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Definition).

Burglary - Burglary is defined as the unlawful entry into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or a theft. (FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Definition).

Domestic Violence - means an act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence also includes any other crime against a person or any municipal ordinance violation against a person when used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge directed against a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. CRS 12-36-135(a)

Forcible Rape - Forcible rape is defined as any sexual penetration directed against another person (including oral, anal or by use of an object) against that person’s will, regardless of the victim’s age. (Colorado Uniform Crime Reporting Definition). Beginning in 1996, the definition of rape used by Colorado law enforcement agencies was changed to more closely match the Colorado Revised Statutes. As a result, the new definition is broader than the definition used by the FBI. Therefore, the total number of rape offenses may appear larger than the national average and the total number of Colorado statewide offenses reported in prior years.

Hate Crimes - A criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnicity/national origin, or sexual orientation. (FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Definition).

Homicide - Murder and non-negligent manslaughter are defined as the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another. (FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Definition). Not included in this definition are deaths caused by negligence, suicides, or accidental deaths. Attempts to commit murder are classified as aggravated assaults.

Motor Vehicle - A motor vehicle is defined as a self-propelled vehicle that runs on land and not on rails. Examples of motor vehicles are automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, snowmobiles, golf carts, etc. Theft of farm equipment, bulldozers, airplanes, boats, and construction equipment are not included.

Motor Vehicle Theft - Motor vehicle theft is defined as the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle, including joy riding. (FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Definition).

Robbery - Robbery is defined as the taking or attempting to take anything of value under confrontational circumstances from the control, custody or care of another person by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear of immediate harm. (FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Definition).


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