Is Crime on the Rise in Colorado Springs?

By: Ashley Fielder
By: Ashley Fielder

Colorado Springs Police say a spike in violent crime last year has stayed with us into 2007.

And police aren't the only ones seeing this trend, residents are also notice it, some who have lived here for years say the town is changing.

Natalie Weeks and her mother, Linda, shop at the King Soopers on Woodmen and Academy almost every day. So when the three armed men robbed the Starbucks across the street Wednesday, they say it caught them off guard.

“It’s just very blatant, those are some courageous criminals,” said longtime Colorado Springs resident Linda Schneider.

And that was just one of several armed robberies this week. Last night a Pizza Hut deliveryman was held up near Vickers and North Academy.

“Criminals are becoming more bold in the way they carry out criminal activity,” said CSPD Lt. Raphael Cintron.

Another example, early this morning a man was shot right in front of a 7-11 store, it’s the second shooting this week.

Although the recent string of crime may seem higher than usual, Colorado Springs Police Department says we're actually on track with last year.

“Our violent crime rate is still below the national average, although last year we did have an increase in some of the violent crimes, specifically aggravated assaults and robberies,” said Cintron.

A jump in crime in 2006 that has stayed with us, and some residents say they’ve seen the change firsthand.

“There's just certain parts of the city that have changed. We've never really had a rough part of town in this city it's been a clean healthy town,” said Schneider.

Colorado Spring Police formed a community impact team earlier this year to address the growing crime.

They say the team works to identify underlying causes of crime.

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