Jan 12, 2010 7:41 PM by John Romero

Robbery Rates May Surprise You

Just after 3:30 Monday police get a call. A credit union off Centennial and 30th has just been robbed at gunpoint by two men. It seems a scene like this is becoming routine. One look at the police blotter makes it evident; there have been 14 robberies already in 2010. "We average about a robbery and a half every day. So we've been busy." says Sgt. Dale Fox with CSPD's Robbery Unit, "We've had some pretty intense robberies just lately."

It doesn't come as a huge shock to police. They expect a spike to some point this time of year. "We always do see a bit of a spike in those kinds of crimes around the holidays and somewhat after." explains Lt. David Whitlock with CSPD. Even so, the number of robberies in the past few months has been staggering. "The last 4 months have been busy. We've been averaging about 50 robberies a month." says Sgt. Fox.

Luckily many of those crimes have ended in arrest, and police say they're not going to let up. "Some of the recent events that we've had where shots have been fired during the course of these crimes and so forth... These criminals need to be behind bars..." says Lt. Whitlock, "and we're anxious to do that."

The question now is how do you protect yourself? That's easy, police say your best bet is to do exactly what the robber tells you to do whether you're a victim or a witness. Without being too obvious it's also good to get a distinct description of the suspect for police. When they have a solid description of a suspect it makes finding them that much easier.




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