Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleAurora/100k peopleColorado/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime20,810n/a (estimate)5,3073,6402,324
Violent crime4,225n/a (estimate)1,077493370
Vehicle theft6,805n/a1,735.4785.7282.7
Property crime16,585n/a (estimate)4,2293,1481,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Aurora, CO

The Aurora crime rates are 128.3% higher than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 4225 violent crimes in Aurora (1077 per 100,000 people), which is 191.4% higher than the national average and there were a total of 16585 property crimes (4229 per 100,000 residents) which is 116.4% higher than average.

With a total of 5307 crimes per 100,000 people, the Aurora crime rates stand at 128.33 higher than the national average. Consequently, the area grapples with one of the nation's highest total crime rates. Addressing this challenge is crucial for enhancing the safety and livability in Aurora, making it a priority to reduce crime through community engagement, effective law enforcement, and collaborative efforts to secure a better future for residents and prospective residents.

With a violent crime rate of 1077 crimes per 100,000 residents, Aurora is known as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. In fact, Aurora ranks in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported violent crime last year. This translates into a 1 in 93 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime. Keep in mind that some areas will be safer than others and this doesn't necessarily mean that the entire city suffers from a high violent crime rate.

Despite a steady decline in murder rates in the United States since 1990, recent years have witnessed an unfortunate uptick. Aurora stands out with one of the nation's highest murder rates, surpassing other cities that reported crime. In Aurora, there were a total of 54 murders, translating to 14 murders per 100,000 people, underscoring the pressing need for continued efforts to address and reduce severe violent crime in the area.

With a property crime rate of 4229 crimes per 100,000 people, Aurora unfortunately has the distinction of being among the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities reporting crime. The likelihood of falling victim to property crime in Aurora is alarmingly high, estimated at 1 in 24, significantly surpassing the national average. This data emphasizes the city's pressing need for concerted efforts to address and reduce property crime, ensuring a safer environment for its residents.

With a total of 6805 vehicle thefts last year, Aurora has one of the most stolen cars in the country at 1735 per 100,000 people. This lands Aurora in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported crime and the chance of any vehicle being stolen is one in 58.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Aurora?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Aurora residents. Out of the respondents (121 in total), 25% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Aurora were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 75% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Aurora a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Aurora is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, Aurora has an overall crime rate that is 128% higher than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 57.01 daily occurrences, comprising 11.58 violent crimes and 45.44 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Aurora as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Aurora Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Aurora has increased by 8.1%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Aurora, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has increased by 6.6%, while property crime has increased by 8.5%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Aurora is a safe place to live.

Aurora Neighborhood Crime Rates

Typically, densely populated areas in close proximity to the city center tend to experience higher crime rates compared to neighborhoods that are situated on the city's periphery. Aurora, an expansive urban metropolis, has more than 53 distinct neighborhoods, each bearing its unique crime rate characteristics. The prevalence of criminal activity varies significantly among these neighborhoods. Noteworthy among safest neighborhoods in Aurora are areas such as Aurora Highlands, Meadow Wood and Tallyn's Reach, which provide residents with enhanced security and peace of mind. Conversely, neighborhoods like Sunny Vale, Utah Park and North Aurora are marked by a higher incidence of reported crimes, warranting prudent consideration for those seeking to avoid areas with potentially elevated safety concerns.

Potential Causes for Crime in Aurora

Aurora reports an unemployment rate of 3.6%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. Constrained employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-paying positions can contribute to elevated rates of unemployment and underemployment. Areas where individuals contend with joblessness or insufficient wages may display heightened susceptibility to an increase in criminal activities attributed to economic insecurity. Conversely, regions characterized by robust employment rates often witness a decrease in overall Aurora crime rates.

Highly populated regions typically encompass expansive urban hubs teeming with diverse economic prospects. Within these areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, giving rise to enclaves of poverty amid affluence. Communities marked by economic disparities may contend with heightened property crimes, and in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, regions characterized by low population density often exhibit lower Aurora crime rates. For instance, in Aurora, the population density stands at 2372 people per square mile, diverging from the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

In Aurora, the average rental rates are $1,401 per month, compared to the national average of $949. Rapid increases in rental costs can lead to neighborhood instability as residents are forced to move frequently in search of more affordable housing. This transience can weaken community bonds and hinder the establishment of social support networks, which can indirectly contribute to crime. While affordable rent and areas with higher income per capita, allow for long term renters and community bonds to the formed, therefore reducing crime rates on the long term.

Aurora crime map

The Aurora crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Aurora as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Aurora crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Aurora crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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      Crime Quick Facts

      • Aurora crime rates are 128% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Aurora are 191% higher than the national average
      • In Aurora you have a 1 in 19 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Aurora is safer than 2% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Aurora has increased by 9%

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        Daily Crime In Aurora (per 100,000 people)

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Aurora, Colorado is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Aurora are 1.46 times more than the Colorado average and 2.28 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Aurora are 2.19 times more than than Colorado and 2.91 times more than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Aurora are 1.34 times more than than Colorado and 2.16 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Aurora (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Aurora in comparison to other Colorado communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Aurora safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Aurora being safer than 4% of cities in Colorado and 2% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Colorado cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Aurora. In conclusion, Aurora ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Aurora

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Aurora is 1 in 93
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Aurora is 1 in 24
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Aurora is 1 in 19
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Aurora? If you reside in Aurora, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 93. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 24 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Aurora, is 1 in 19.

        Year Over Year Crime In Aurora (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Aurora is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Aurora has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have increased by 7% in Aurora, while property crimes in Aurora have increased by 9%. Total crime has increased by 9% year over year.

        Aurora police department

        Item Aurora Colorado National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)7739,049558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.39.63.3
        There are a total of 773 Aurora police officers. This results in 2.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 76% less than the Colorado average and 29.4% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Colorado

        State Total offenders Colorado /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 11,204 sex offenders in Colorado. This yields a total of 251 sex offenders in Colorado per 100,000 residents which is 6% less than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Inverness, CO1,86369442511
        Columbine Valley, CO1,49869442511
        Bow Mar, CO96969442511
        Holly Hills, CO2,815124795919
        Cherry Hills Village, CO6,680161,0521,068
        Meridian, CO4,7921571,0021,159
        Cherry Creek, CO11,5031871,1991,387
        Aurora, CO379,4341,0774,2295,307

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Bakersfield, CA379,8795463,9724,519
        Cleveland, OH383,3311,6144,3175,931
        Wichita, KS390,5669313,5244,454
        New Orleans, LA391,2491,4444,6416,085
        Tampa, FL395,9124971,6742,170
        Aurora, CO379,4341,0774,2295,307
        Source: The Aurora, CO crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.