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  • 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.

    For more detailed information on the homicides reported in 2000 see the Supplemental Homicide report.

  • 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.

  • 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 the fear of immediate harm.(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 theft. (FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Definition).

  • 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).

    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, and golf carts. Theft of farm equipment, bulldozers, airplanes, boats, and construction equipment are not included.


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