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Major crime up in state

Ryan GraffPost Independent Staff

Major crimes were up 8.7 percent in Colorado in 2004, but the city of Glenwood Springs seemed to buck that trend, according to recent numbers from Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The number of most major crimes – including forcible rape, assault, and burglary – went down in Glenwood Springs, even though police say they are as busy as ever. “Calls for service are up, but the major crimes seem to be down,” said Glenwood Springs police Lt. Bill Kimminau. The one exception to Glenwood’s lower crime numbers is motor vehicle thefts. Glenwood Springs had 19 vehicle thefts in 2003, but had 41 in 2004. Kimminau didn’t have an explanation or possible reason behind the increase but did say that through April of 2005 they’d only had five vehicle thefts compared to 16 for the same time frame in 2004. Garfield County also saw an increase in vehicle thefts last year – from 22 in 2003 to 31 in 2004 – which may have resulted from the rise of methamphetamine in the region. “I trace that directly back to the drug problem,” said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario. “Everywhere we’ve seen the introduction of meth there’s been an increase in break-ins, vehicle thefts and burglary.”Burglaries increased in the county last year – from 110 in 2003 to 135 in 2004, according to CBI. Vallario noted that 2003 statistics may not be entirely accurate due to technical problems, but said he’d noticed the increase in burglaries and vehicle thefts. Assaults in the county also increased between 2003 and 2004, from 155-257, according to CBI numbers. Vallario wasn’t available to comment on that matter.


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