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 peopleThornton/100k peopleColorado/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime5,390n/a (estimate)3,7683,6402,324
Violent crime408n/a (estimate)285493370
Vehicle theft1,200n/a838.8785.7282.7
Property crime4,982n/a (estimate)3,4833,1481,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Thornton, CO

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Thornton is 62.1% higher than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Thornton, there were 408 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 285 per 100,000 individuals, 22.9% lower than the national average. Additionally, there were 4982 property crimes, amounting to 3483 per 100,000 residents, 78.2% higher than the U.S. average.

The occurrence of vehicle thefts has been increasing nationwide, and Thornton faces one of the highest vehicle theft rates in the United States. In the latest reported crime year, there were a reported 1200 vehicle thefts, translating to 839 stolen vehicles per 100,000 residents. This places Thornton in the bottom 10% among all cities, signifying that 90% of cities have less stolen vehicles. The likelihood of experiencing a vehicle theft is 1 in 120.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Thornton?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Thornton residents. Out of the respondents (51 in total), 61% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Thornton were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 39% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Thornton a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Thornton 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 Thornton crime rate is 62% higher than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 14.77 crimes per day - 1.12 violent crimes and 13.65 property crimes.

Has Crime in Thornton Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Thornton crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Thornton has decreased by 0.7% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 11.3% and property crime has decreased by 0.2%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Thornton

The educational level achieved in any given city can influence crime rates significantly. Greater educational achievement is frequently associated with decreased crime rates, as it offers individuals improved job prospects and alternatives to engaging in crime related activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment rates tend to coincide with elevated crime rates. In Thornton, 82% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, in contrast to the national average where 83% have achieved high school graduation.

In Thornton, the ratio of police officers and civilians stands at 1.75 per 1,000 residents, contrasting with the national average of 3.25. This discrepancy highlights the potential impact of law enforcement and community policing on crime rates. The strength of their collaboration can serve as a deterrent to criminal behavior, fostering a safer environment. Effective law enforcement leans heavily on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and cooperation between police and residents. It's essential to recognize that the effectiveness of these efforts isn't solely tied to the quantity of officers but also hinges on the quality of their engagement with the community.

In cities grappling with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves needing to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, elevating stress levels and potentially fueling domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. Thornton has a median home price of $349,000, deviating from the national average of $184,700. Large disparities in housing costs can significantly impact the well-being of residents and the prevalence of crime within the community.

Thornton crime map

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

      • Thornton crime rates are 62% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Thornton are 23% lower than the national average
      • In Thornton you have a 1 in 27 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Thornton is safer than 24% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Thornton has increased by 5%

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        Daily Crime In Thornton (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Thornton for every 100,000 residents. The Thornton total amount of daily crime is 1.04 times more than the Colorado average and 1.62 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Thornton, is 1.73 times less than the Colorado average, and it is 1.30 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Thornton has a daily crime average that is 1.11 times more than the Colorado average and 1.78 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Thornton (higher is better)

        Is Thornton safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Colorado as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Thornton to other cities in the state and across the country, Thornton is 33% safer than other cities of Colorado and 24% safer than other cities in the nation. Thornton has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Thornton

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Thornton is 1 in 351
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Thornton is 1 in 29
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Thornton is 1 in 27
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Thornton, Colorado? If you reside in Thornton, then there is a 1 in 351 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 29. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 27 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Thornton.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Thornton is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Thornton has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 6% in Thornton, while property crimes in Thornton have increased by 6%. Total crime has increased by 5% year over year.

        Thornton police department

        Item Thornton Colorado National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2159,049558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.79.63.3
        There are a total of 215 Thornton police officers. This results in 1.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 81.7% less than the Colorado average and 46.3% 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
        Todd Creek, CO4,63594600693
        Holly Hills, CO2,815124795919
        Erie, CO27,157461,0361,081
        Dacono, CO6,167751,1301,206
        Cherry Creek, CO11,5031871,1991,387
        Superior, CO13,2921871,1991,387
        Gunbarrel, CO10,4941921,2281,420
        Thornton, CO144,1862853,4833,768

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Torrance, CA144,4302652,6402,905
        Bridgeport, CT145,0144081,2421,650
        Paterson, NJ145,4843282,2862,614
        Savannah, GA145,4924762,1912,667
        McAllen, TX142,5571961,9522,148
        Thornton, CO144,1862853,4833,768
        Source: The Thornton, 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.