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FBI Reports: Crime Lower in Colorado Springs


The streets of Colorado Springs are not always quiet.

Like any city its size there are murders, robberies and other criminal activity. But the numbers show in most categories of major crimes things are getting better.

"It's encouraging to see them going down," said Sergeant Sal Fiorillo.

An FBI collection of reports from more than 12 thousand law enforcement agencies shows on average, violent crimes went up in 2005. In that same time period, Colorado Springs saw fewer murders, sexual assaults, and burglaries, as well as decreases in four other criminal categories than it did in 2004.

That shift makes a day at the office more productive for major crime investigators.

"That gives us more time to work on some of the unsolved homicide cases, or some of the unsolved attempted murders," said Fiorillo.

Fiorillo says it's hard to put a finger on why the numbers change like they do. For example, in spite of the encouraging numbers in some categories, robberies across the city are going up.

"You know, unfortunately, we don't know why," said Sergeant Jeff Jensen.

The biggest increase is in home invasions, but Jensen says those numbers could go down as well. Increased patrols are leading to the capture of more suspects, and Jensen recommends residents use some more caution when there's a knock at the door as one way to keep Colorado Springs on top when it comes lowering crime.

Aside from the rise in robberies reported major crimes investigators say the numbers in other categories are following along with most yearly averages for Colorado Springs.

The same report profiles crime rates from the city of Pueblo.

In 2005, Pueblo saw a slight increase overall in cases of violent crime. there were more murders, but fewer sexual assaults and robberies reported than the year before.


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