Property crimes dropped in Colorado last year but violent crimes rose despite a drop in killings nationwide.
There were 151 homicides in 2008 in Colorado and 169 in 2009, a 12 percent increase. Across the country, the number of homicides fell 11 percent.
The increase was driven by more killings in the suburban Denver area. The area had two homicides in 2008 and 25 last year. Broomfield had five murders in 2009, the first killings there in five years.
Despite a 3.4 percent rise in violent crimes, Colorado’s overall crime rate remains one of the lowest in the nation.
Property crimes, including auto thefts, dropped and the crimes were spread out among a larger number of people because the state’s population increased.
– Associated Press