The number of most serious crimes dropped off significantly in Colorado Springs in 2009, says a report in The Gazette. However, the number of reported sexual assaults increased by 2 percent. However, this was a smaller increase than in previous years. In 2007, sexual assaults rose 11 percent and Colorado sexual assaults rose 17 percent in 2008. This smaller increase may be because sex crimes are now handled by separate units within the police department.
Overall crime in Colorado Springs declined nearly 8 percent from the previous year. The largest drop was a 37 percent decline in murders, with 24 murders in 2008 and 15 murders in 2009. There were also decreases in other types of Colorado Springs crimes: thefts, burglaries, aggravated assaults, and motor vehicle thefts. Identity thefts, scams and forgeries also dropped, possibly in part because many law enforcement agencies increased their warnings to citizens to be careful in guarding personal information and to be wary of scams.
The percentage of crimes solved in Colorado Springs went up, from 25 percent to 26 percent. In addition, police fielded fewer calls (only 300,000 versus 292,000 in 2008) and issued fewer traffic tickets in 2009 than in 2008.
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