Colorado Springs Crime

By: AP
By: AP

The number of violent crimes reported in Colorado Springs the first half of last year rose 31 percent from the same period in 2005.

Although violent crime is up across the country, rates fell in Colorado -- except in Colorado Springs.

Statistics from the FBI show the biggest jump was in robberies -- which were up 54 percent.

A manager of a gas station and convenience thinks high gasoline prices could be part of the reason.

Robin Norris says she's been robbed twice since August.

Police say the rise in robberies has affected every part of the city.

They believe it's tied to drugs -- particularly methamphetamine.

Colorado Springs police made arrests in about 31 percent of the robberies last year.

That's six percent higher than the national average.

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