Jul 6, 2010 11:18 PM by Andy Koen
The crime rate in Colorado Springs dropped in 2009 contrary to a statewide trend that saw violent crimes increase.
Colorado Springs Police report that both violent crimes and property crimes were down last year with the murder rate alone dropping 37 percent. There were 15 homicides in in the city 2009 compared to 24 the previous year.
The crime rate is also well below the national average with 4.8 violent crimes happening for every 1,000 citizens compared to 8.6 per 1,000 in cities of similar size.
"I believe the community is the number one reason that the crimes remain that low," explained Sgt. Darrin Abink. "It's the community involvement it's the people watching out for each other in the Colorado Springs area that really keep those crime rates where they are."
The low crime rate comes despite the fact that CSPD has fewer officers on the streets than average. There are roughly 1.5 sworn personnel on duty per 1,000 citizens compared to 2.1 per 1,000 in cities with populations over 250,000.