Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Boulder CO by Burglary Rate

Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Boulder CO by Burglary Rate

While Boulder enjoys a reputation of a pretty safe place to live, looking at the data suggests that burglaries in Boulder are not uncommon. Boulder is ranked 5358 out of 8549 cities in the nation with 4.6 burglaries per 1000 residents, a little below the national average of 5.7 burglaries per 1000. So while Boulder is relatively safe, there are some areas in Boulder that are more prone for burglary.

Experiencing a burglary is one of the most devastating feelings imaginable. The damage to the house, and often property adds up to a general sense of insecurity, knowing that that a house that is supposed to be a fortress, was violated by ill intended people. Whether a house is owned or rented, we invest so much in it and want it to be safe for ourselves, our family members, and even our pets.

It is important to note that location isn’t everything when it comes to preventing burglraries. Even when living in a relatively burglary safe location, there are a few critical steps to insure that a house is safe, both in terms of making it hard to break into by creating physical obstacles like putting the right locks, doors and window protections, and by making the house appears secure and not “inviting” to burglars by making expensive items less visible, leaving doors shut and making sure the entrance is lit and visible from the street.

Taking all of these steps will make your houses more secure regardless of its location. With that said, here are the Boulder neighborhoods arranged by the number of reported burglaries within 30 Days between May and June 2017.

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7. North Boulder

Cases per 1000 households – 0.35
1 Reported Case, 13.08K population, 5,603 households, density 4.05K per square mile

The single case happened in private house in a nice looking neighborhood with big lawns. North Boulder is ranked second in Boulder in households that bring an income of over six figures, allowing for many expensive houses to be occupied. North Boulder is mostly occupied by married couples and its employment rate and labour force participation rate are significantly higher than the rest of Boulder.

6. South Boulder

Cases per 1000 households – 0.6
4 Reported Cases, 16.54K population, 6,743 households, density 3.32K per square mile

Most cases in South Boulder happen closer to the neighboring neighborhoods in the north of South Boulder. This is correlated with household income data that shows that the safer south part of the neighborhood contains the highest earners in the neighborhood. South Boulder is only second to Palo Park as the neighborhood with fewest families assisted by food stamps.

5. Southeast Boulder

Cases per 1000 households – 0.77
7 Reported Cases, 20.64K population, 8,986 households, density 4.6K per square mile

SouthEast Boulder burglary pattern shows that most burglaries happen next to the border of the neighborhood, with 42% of cases more happening by the main Baseline Road, which offers a quick access and escape route, and thus harder to guard. SouthEast Boulder is a significantly younger neighborhood, which means that houses and communities there are less permanent and thus harder to guard.

4. Palo Park

Cases per 1000 households – 0.78
1 Reported Cases, 3.2K population, 1288 households, density 3.25K per square mile

Palo Park is one of the wealthiest communities in Boulder, with a relatively low population density, and without many access points through highways. Palo Park has a growing professional class, which arrives in the neighborhood at age 25, after they are done with College and have already taken some first career steps. The average household income there is close to $83.6K, well above the average for boulder, with 49% of households making over 6 figures (most in Boulder). The burglary case happened in Paonia, where a lot of new construction happens. It’s anticipated that once construction slows down, it will be even safer there.

3. Crossroads

Cases per 1000 households – 1.3
4 Reported Cases, 6.21K population, 3,051 households, density 4.57per square mile

All four cases in Crossroads happened next to a main road. 3 next to Pearl Street, and one next to Highway 7. This is important to keep in mind when looking into choosing a house – proximity to main transportation routes brings a higher risk of burglary. Crossroads also has the lowest median income of all residential neighborhoods (excluding the university campus)

2. Central Boulder

Cases per 1000 households – 1.33
16 Reported Cases, 28.01K population, 12,023 households, density 6.66K per square mile

With 16 reported cases, Central Boulder had the most amounts of burglaries by a large margin. As one of the most dense areas in the city, Central Boulder also has a high level of inequality across the neighborhood (55.7% Gini Coefficient), which seems to be the main predictor of burglary cases in Boulder. The northeast, wealthy party of the neighborhood, bordered by Canyon Drive and Broadway, had 4 cases, all of them by the border of the wealth area. Other parts of the neighborhood suffered as well, with 10 cases happening between Alpine Ave and Lower Araphoe and University Avenue. Interestingly, south to University Ave there was only 1 reported case.

1. East Boulder

Cases per 1000 households – 2.3
3 Reported Cases, 3.04K population, 1,307 households, density 1K per square mile

East Boulder is the most unequal part of Boulder, with the top 5% of households earning 35.6% of the income. In second place is Central Boulder, with the top 5% earning only 27.5% of the income share. It also has the highest rate of unemployment in Boulder which adds even more pressure to the place. It is a wide place, with lots of main access roads, which make for easier access for burglars.

University of Colorado Boulder

Cases per 1000 households – N/A
N/A Number of Cases, 8.23K population, 1,787 households, density 7.71K per square mile

University of Colorado has a private police unit, which does not provide specific data about burglaries.

Are High Security Locks Worth It?

Are High Security Locks Worth It?

As with most complex questions, the answer is going to be “sometimes”. The case also differs greatly between residential and commercial applications.

High Security Locks for Residential Properties

With residential, if you are worried about a break in, but have nothing special of value in the house, the answer is going to be High security locks are not worth it for you.

The reason is that with residential properties, locks are one of the statistically lowest probability compromised element in break-ins and theft. Normally, perpetrators gain entrance to your residence through a window, sliding door, a backdoor that is left open and the likes. The benefit of having a high security lock is not going to help much in this case – as the perpetrators are still going to gain access through different means.

If you are looking to increase the security of your residential property, we recommend the following options:

  1. Adding one-sided deadbolts (that can only be operated from the inside)
  2. Simply replacing your locks to a higher security brand/type (ex. Kwikset Smart Key or the New Schlage Anti-Pick systems).
  3. Adding a comprehensive security solution including security cameras and sensors.

All of the above are going to increase the security of your home more than a high security lock, and in many cases will be more cost-effective.

The one exception to this rule, is if you do have something of high value to protect in your house, and already took all the other security mesaures listed above. All of your doors and windows are already protected, and you have a security system. In this case, it does make sense to install a high security lock as your lock becomes the weakest link in your home security.

High Security Locks for Commercial Properties

With commercial properties, the picture is a little bit different. In many cases, it does make sense to install a high security lock. This is due to the high value cash and items many B&M business have in side, and that in general commercial buildings are built with higher security features (temper proof glass, commercial metal doors, less windows etc).

In this case, one of the most important considerations are the cost factors of the system. High security systems suchs a Medeco are quite expensive.

As a one-time cost, and depending on the amount of doors and locks you are seeking to protect, the cost is manageable. Where things get expensive is in routine maintenance and operational expenses such as re-keying. If you have a high turn-over rate for employees, where employees get fired in unpleasant ways, you may want to have your keys re-keyed pretty often – in which case it can get pretty expensive.

However, a benefit of using a system such as Medeco, is that employees are unlikely to be able to make copies of the keys – since only Medeco licensed professionals can duplicate the keys, and require a lock certificate in order to do so (so if you keep the lock certificate safe it is very unlikely an employee will be able to copy the key).

Final Comments about High Security Locks

It is important to remember that the lock is only as secure as the door it is install on. In the video below, you can see an example of a Medeco lock standing a forced entry kick attack. Since it is a promotional video, they will not show you what will happen to most of the residential doors in the U.S 🙂 . In most cases, the door hinges are just going to break, and while the deadbolt may stay in place, the door will just rip open from the hinges. So if you do choose to go with a high security lock, make sure you have a re-inforced frame and hinges that will not buckle down during an attack.



Do Insurance Companies Cover Car Lockouts?

Do Insurance Companies Cover Car Lockouts?

Insurance Companies

You may have heard that sometimes, insurance companies will help pay for the misfortune of getting locked out of your car. Turns out that it’s true!
Depending on the company you are insured with, and the specific coverage you have, insurance companies regularly reimburse costs of getting locked out, or even losing a car key.

Generally, Geiko, Allstate and Farmers insurance have plans that cover car lockouts and replacement keys.
Coverage for car lockouts would many times be included in full-coverage car insurance plans, with reimbursements of up to $100-$150 in case of car lockouts, and sometimes up to $200 in case of losing your car keys.

If you have such coverage, make sure to have a detailed invoice from the locksmith after your car has been unlocked, and submit it to your insurance company. They will then reimburse you for the amount included in the coverage.

AAA Coverage
If you are an active triple A member, most of the times you will be entitled for a free car unlock. However, since triple A normally has few sub-contractors cover large geographical areas, normally you can expect to wait for at least 2-3 hours before someone will be available to unlock your car for you.