The number of crime reports in Colorado Springs saw an overall decline last month, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.
Incidents fell by about 14%, from 661 in August to 562 in September. Despite last month's decrease, crime reports remain about even with the same month last year. Crime levels tend to follow seasonal patterns, making it useful to look at the year-over-year comparison as well.
The offenses most on the decline last month were assault and theft. Reports of assault fell from 78 incidents in August to 49 in September, and have fallen by three incidents since September of last year. Theft incidents went from 89 to 72 for the month, or about a 19% decrease. However, theft reports have increased since a year ago, so there is still some ground to recover.
There was also a notable percentage decrease last month in vandalism, from nine incidents per month to four, and in robbery, from five to two. Both vandalism and robbery have decreased since the same month last year.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, shooting reports went from five to 16. Shooting incidents have seen an overall upward trend since the same time last year.
Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Central Colorado Springs, Powers and West Colorado Springs. Southwest Colorado Springs, Briargate and Old Colorado City also had considerable percentage decreases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays saw the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Saturdays, Fridays and Thursdays, while incidents on Mondays and Wednesdays went up. Comparing times of day, evening, late afternoon and late morning saw the most crime last month on average each day.
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