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Crime in Colorado Springs may be on the rise

A report issued by the Colorado Springs Police Department indicates that nearly every kind of crime went up between 2009 and 2010, including homicide and theft.

Officials with the Colorado Springs Police Department say that the report needs to be looked at with the big picture in mind. Among the categories that increased were homicides, which rose 33 percent, while theft was up more than 17 percent and general crime rates rose some 12.4 percent.

Police admit the statistics look startling, but that the numbers have the potential to be misleading. A spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Police Department said that crime statistics need to be considered over a longer range of time rather than from one year to the next when spikes can affect the short-term outlook.

The Colorado Springs Police Department maintains that when the statistics are viewed over the recent four or five years, the numbers are within normal limits with some variance from year to year.

Police add that Colorado Springs has grown while crime rates have remained consistent.

They also point out that the Colorado Springs Police Department has managed crime numbers with fewer officers given budget cutbacks. Certain kinds of reporting that used to involve an officer are now done by victims who report crimes online or using the telephone. The quality and quantity of information gathered has not varied and the details collected are still forwarded to detectives.

Though the exact figures have not yet been made available to the media, Colorado Springs Police officials anticipate a rise in the number of homicides from 2010 to 2011. It is expected that robberies and larcenies will remain steady if not decline a bit in 2011 over 2010 statistics.

Crime statistics don't have a big impact on those who are accused of crimes. They still require a stout legal defense that will protect their rights and interests.

Source: ColoradoConnection.com: "Colorado Springs crime rates," Abbie Burke, Oct. 7, 2011

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