Persons who are accused of committing crimes vary in gender, race and age. However, the crime rate for one particular demographic has dramatically increased in Colorado in recent years. More and more, persons over the age of 50 are being arrested and accused of committing criminal offenses of all degrees.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, the arrest rates for elderly persons have increased by 85 percent since 2004. The crimes of which these American seniors are accused are extremely varied, but there is one criminal pattern in particular that is troubling police officers. It seems as if the seniors who are not retired and do not get a government pension are targeting retired seniors because they comprise a large portion of this country’s wealth.

A new Colorado state record was made when, for the first time in the history of our state, the population of residents aged 65 and older grew faster than all other demographics in the population. Experts have predicted that, by 2030, the population within that demographic in our state will have increased by 150 percent. This also likely indicates that the crime rate among senior citizens will increase as well.

With the increase in awareness of senior citizen crimes, the Colorado police will most likely be on the lookout for any crimes of all degrees in which seniors might be involved. As the police conduct investigations, many innocent senior citizens could be arrested and charged with a crime. No matter the gender, race or age of the accused person, however, all individuals accused of a crime are innocent until — and only if — proven guilty. The people of this demographic have specified legal rights, just like every other group, that must be safeguarded in the event that they are arrested.

Source:, ” Is Colorado on the verge of a geriatric crime wave?”, April 7, 2014