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Violent 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 peopleCentennial/100k peopleColorado/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,442n/a (estimate)2,3073,6402,324
Violent crime209n/a (estimate)197493370
Vehicle theft472n/a445.9785.7282.7
Property crime2,233n/a (estimate)2,1103,1481,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Centennial, CO

The Centennial crime rates are 0.7% lower 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 209 violent crimes in Centennial (197 per 100,000 people), which is 46.6% lower than the national average and there were a total of 2233 property crimes (2110 per 100,000 residents) which is 7.9% higher than average.

The Centennial crime rate is about average when compared to all the other cities across the U.S. per 100,000 residents. When we compared the total crimes (violent and property) in Centennial, we found that the reported crime rates were almost equal to the average of all other areas that reported crime.

Centennial has a property crime rate that closely mirrors the national average. There were a total of 2110 property crimes in Centennial, while the national average was 1954 per 100,000 people. This results in the area being no safer or more dangerous than the average city.

Vehicle thefts across all of America are on the rise and Centennial has one of the highest vehicle theft rates in the country. In the most recent crime report, Centennial reported 472 vehicle thefts, which equates to 446 stolen vehicles per 100,000 people. This falls in the bottom 10% of all cities, meaning that 90% of cities have better vehicle theft rates. The chance of having your vehicle stolen in Centennial is 1 in 225.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Centennial?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Centennial residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 24 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 71% of Centennial residents expressed a notable sense of security, asserting that crime was virtually non-existent in their community, and they felt at ease strolling the streets after dark. While, 29% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Centennial a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Centennial a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Centennial crime rate is 1% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 6.69 crimes per day - 0.57 violent crimes and 6.12 property crimes.

Has Crime in Centennial Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Centennial has increased by 4.9% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Centennial is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has increased by 7.7%, while property crime has increased by 4.6%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Centennial.

Potential Causes for Crime in Centennial

In Centennial, the current unemployment rate stands at 2.5%, diverging from the national average of 4.7%. The availability of job opportunities is a pivotal factor influencing unemployment and underemployment rates. Communities where individuals contend with limited employment prospects or a preponderance of low-wage positions may witness elevated rates of joblessness and income inadequacy, which can contribute to heightened crime levels driven by financial insecurity. Conversely, areas characterized by robust employment rates often experience a reduction in overall Centennial crime rates.

The impact of law enforcement and community policing efforts plays a crucial role in shaping crime rates in any city. A robust and cooperative bond between law enforcement and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, enhancing overall safety. In Centennial, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents stands at 1.47, differing from the national average of 3.25. Effective law enforcement hinges not solely on officer numbers but also on the manner in which they interact and collaborate with the community. Building trust and cooperation are central tenets of community policing, amplifying its influence on crime prevention.

High rent costs can create economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When a significant portion of one's income is spent on housing, there may be less money available for other essential needs such as food, healthcare and education. Economic stress can contribute to desperation and potentially lead individuals to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Average rent rates in Centennial are $1,728, compared to a national average of $949 per month.

Centennial crime map

The Centennial crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Centennial 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 Centennial crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Centennial 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

      • Centennial crime rates are 1% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Centennial are 47% lower than the national average
      • In Centennial you have a 1 in 44 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Centennial is safer than 44% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Centennial has increased by 10%

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        Daily Crime In Centennial (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Centennial on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Colorado and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Centennial (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Colorado, are 1.58 times less than the state average and 1.01 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Centennial on a daily basis are 2.49 times less than than Colorado average and 1.87 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Centennial are 1.49 times less than the daily state average and 1.08 times more than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Centennial (higher is better)

        How safe is Centennial, Colorado compared to other cities in Colorado and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Centennial is safer than 58% of the cities in Colorado and 44% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Colorado and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Centennial. Overall, Centennial is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Centennial

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Centennial is 1 in 507
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Centennial is 1 in 48
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Centennial is 1 in 44
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Centennial, Colorado? If you reside in Centennial, then there is a 1 in 507 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 48. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 44 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Centennial.

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

        A good indicator of whether Centennial is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Centennial has increased by 13%, while the property crime rate in Centennial has increased by 10% year over year. The number of total crimes in Centennial has increased by 10% year over year.

        Centennial police department

        Item Centennial Colorado National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1539,049558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.59.63.3
        There are a total of 153 Centennial police officers. This results in 1.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 84.6% less than the Colorado average and 54.8% 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
        Columbine Valley, CO1,49869442511
        Bow Mar, CO96969442511
        Inverness, CO1,86369442511
        Holly Hills, CO2,815124795919
        Castle Pines Village, CO4,558128818945
        Cherry Hills Village, CO6,680161,0521,068
        Ponderosa Park, CO3,5331489441,092
        Centennial, CO111,3311972,1102,307

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Lowell, MA111,3114021,7472,149
        Downey, CA111,2634612,6503,111
        Pompano Beach, FL111,2023161,9102,226
        Antioch, CA111,4686142,2112,825
        West Palm Beach, FL111,0062491,5071,756
        Centennial, CO111,3311972,1102,307
        Source: The Centennial, 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.