Violent crimes down 10 percent in Springs

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation says violent crimes are down 10 percent in Colorado Springs and that overall the state is seeing fewer violent crimes.

Violent Crime Reports
Jan – June 2007
Arvada 90 111 + 23.3
Aurora 927 860 - 7.2
Centennial 92 80 - 13.0
Colorado Springs 1,068 964 – 9.7
Denver 2,196 1,748 - 20.4
Fort Collins 252 201 - 20.2
Lakewood 361 303 - 16.1
Pueblo 289 356 + 23.2
Thornton 181 181 0
Westminster 138 131 - 5.1

During the first half of 2007, violent crime rates dropped in most of the state’s largest cities. Denver saw the biggest decrease with a 20 percent drop.

Colorado’s statistics are better than the rest of the country, which averaged a 2-percent drop.

Analysts say the drop is due in part to better technology and crime analysis, and increased police patrols.

The only large cities that saw increases in Colorado were Arvada and Pueblo, where the overall crime rate jumped 23 percent in both cities during the first half of the year.