Statistics heartening " but lock your doors |

Statistics heartening " but lock your doors

When comparing statistics for major crime rates between 2002 to 2003 in Glenwood and Garfield County, the news is all good with one exception ” burglary in Glenwood Springs is up.

For the most part, these statistics are the result of more vigilant citizens and better police work, which makes the news all the more satisfying.

Still, we don’t live in the innocent days of the past. A couple of recent stolen car sprees pay homage to that.

Although the police were diligent in apprehending the juveniles suspected of driving the stolen cars, it brought home the fact that we don’t live in a crime-free area.

Many people in the valley are in the habit of leaving doors unlocked and car keys in the ignition, which is an open invitation for thieves.

Crimes of opportunity aren’t possible without some cooperation from the victim.

The statistics are heartening ” especially Glenwood’s 100 percent drop in murders, for which the entire community is thankful. However, as long as citizens leave their keys in the car or their homes unlocked, some statistics will never drop.

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