Reports of serious crimes rose in Colorado Springs last year

On behalf of Anaya-McKedy, P.C. posted in Violent Crimes on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

Last week, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported that reports of serious crimes in the city had risen by 12 percent in 2010, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department’s annual report. However, reports of rape actually declined 8 percent from 2009 to 2010.

Colorado Springs police said that rape reports in the city had been disturbingly high in recent years, increasing 36 percent from 2005 to 2009. A spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Police told a Gazette reported that he couldn’t give an exact reason for the decline in reported rapes, but said that he’d like to think it’s because police have made it easier and more comfortable to report the crimes.

On the other hand, there were several serious crimes reported that rose from 2009 to 2010, including motor vehicle thefts, homicides, larceny and lefts, and burglaries. The highest spike in crime last year came in motor vehicle thefts, which rose to 1,269 reports last year, a 21 percent increase from the year before. In addition, homicides rose from 17 reports in 2009 to 20 in 2010, the Gazette reported.

The police department’s annual report also revealed that the number of crimes that the department was able to solve dropped almost 4 percent in 2010, but detectives were able to solve more robberies, rapes and aggravated assaults than in 2009, the Gazette said.

Anytime there is a serious violent crime such as rape, homicide or robbery, police take the matter very seriously and conduct lengthy investigations in attempt to hold someone accountable. Unfortunately, it is possible that in their anxiousness to do so, police may arrest the wrong person and charge the person with a crime he or she did not commit.

In these cases, it is vital to have an experienced criminal defense attorney who will go toe-to-toe with the prosecution to protect the innocence of the person accused. After all, in America, suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, “Reports of serious crime up 12% in 2010 in Springs; rape reports fall,” Jakob Rodgers, 4/19/2011.