Property crimes down in Colorado, assault & rape up slightly |

Property crimes down in Colorado, assault & rape up slightly

DENVER Property crimes dropped almost 10 percent last year, but assaults and rapes were up slightly, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation reported.Overall, the trends are looking pretty good, Lance Clem, spokesman for the CBI, told the Rocky Mountain News.Clem said Colorado is going against a national trend of rising crime. Its safe to identify Colorado as standing out and having an especially good outlook on reductions in crime for 2006, he said.Total crime numbers dropped 9.6 percent. Assaults, up 0.8 percent, and rapes, up 3 percent, rose. Murders declined by 7.6 percent with 13 fewer, the second straight year they have dropped.Domestic violence cases rose 6.6 percent, to 11,215 incidents last year, continuing a steady rise over the past decade.Car thefts declined almost 20 percent to 20,305. That kind of drop is significant, Clem said, noting Colorado has usually been above the national average. He said four statewide task forces focusing on car thefts are starting to deliver results.The numbers were released Friday.Robberies and burglaries fell for the first time since 2000, dropping 2.3 percent and 5.8 percent, respectively, between 2005 and 2006.Denver and Aurora both cracked down on so-called minor crimes and crime dropped 10 percent in Denver and 11 percent in Aurora.Nine of Colorados 10 largest cities reported declines in property crimes and violent crimes were down in more than half of them, said an FBI report released earlier this year.

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