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Today is Election Day--make sure your vote is counted!
Ballot Drop Boxes
There are numerous ballot drop boxes in Jefferson County, including the 24-Hour Ballot Drop Box located in the entryway at Golden City Hall, 911 10th Street.
Drop boxes will remain open through 7 p.m. this evening.
In-person voting is NOT available at Golden City Hall this year. All voters are encouraged to take advantage of convenient ballot drop-boxes instead.
If you wish to vote in person, please visit the Jefferson County Elections page for information on Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC).
Unofficial Election Results
Reporting of unofficial election results will begin at 7 p.m. on November 7 on the Jefferson County Elections page.
Furthering our efforts around transparency and information sharing and ongoing community discussion regarding crime trends and the safety of residents and visitors of the City of Golden, Golden Police Department released crime data for 2021, 2022, and through August 2023.
The data shows that Golden is a safe city to live and work. All crimes are significant and impactful to victims, and the City firmly believes in working to minimize the number and severity, and to thoroughly investigate and solve crimes using best practices, technology and properly trained staff and the necessary resources to make it a safe community.
Crime Statistics: 2023 Compared to 2022
Statistics from the Police Department for the month of August show person and property crimes have remained steadily low across all areas.
Person Crimes Down
January through August 2023, person crimes are trending down and the Golden Police Department has an 83.33% cleared rate which indicates a case is either solved, moved to another jurisdiction or unfounded.
This is the second-highest clearance rate in Jefferson County (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has an 86.36% clear rate for person crimes), a strong indicator of the effort and effectiveness of the Golden PD.
Property Crimes Down
Similarly, property crimes continue to trend downward in Golden, with 118 burglaries in 2022, and 49 in the first 8 months of 2023.
In 2022, vehicle trespass crimes totaled 179. This year, through August of 2023, that number is 99 with just 4 months left in the year.
Factors Influencing Crime in Golden
Golden is impacted by several factors including:
- its proximity to major thoroughfares,
- a significant tourism industry that drives up the population in the summer months,
- a thriving university campus.
Even with these influences, the City continues to see a decrease in crimes and engages the community often to address safety concerns such as unattended open garages, unlocked cars, or valuables in plain sight by using the Lock! Take! Hide! and "Park-Walk-Talk" campaigns—especially at trailheads and in residential areas.
- Golden Police Department data is open and available to the public on the GPD Crimewatch website, which tracks all crimes within city limits. Data is updated monthly.
- Statewide data is collected and available on the Colorado Crime Statistics website, the most comprehensive tool of its kind with information sortable by jurisdiction, year and type of crime.
Golden, Colorado is rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the City’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly became an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. Locals were outraged when neighboring Denver snagged the honor of becoming capital of the newly formed state in 1876, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to dampen Golden’s vital growth – business was booming. Today, with the official name of City of Golden, the town continues to thrive. It offers residents and visitors an abundance of recreational, cultural and culinary opportunities. Come live, work and play with us in our modern town with an old west flair.