Jul 2, 2014 8:54 PM by Greg Dingrando
COLORADO SPRINGS - Some alarming new crime numbers have been released by the Colorado Bureau of Investigations.
It shows violent crime up statewide by about 2%, but perhaps the most disturbing number is out of El Paso County where homicides show a 500% increase. They went from 2 in 2012 to 12 in 2013.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said there's no real reason for the spike, but they're calling it just that a spike, not a trend.
The huge increase in murders was no surprise to the El Paso County Sheriff's Department.
"It even tied an all time high for the agency which was a number of years ago so it was a busy year for the agency," said Jeff Kramer with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
It may not have surprised the Sheriff's Office, but it did shock some residents we showed the numbers too.
"It's really disturbing. It is, it really really is disturbing," said Michael Lillie.
"I didn't think it would be that bad, truthfully. Yea its bad," said Jason Perkey.
But Kramer said at this point they can only call it a spike, but they'll keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't turn into a trend. If it does that's when it could spark some changes.
"We're sensitive to those stats and when we start to see a trend and have hard conclusive information it can be a factor for how to allocate resources throughout the county," said Kramer.
Despite the 500% increase in killings, Kramer said it's still rare, but you aren't so lucky when it comes to other crimes that continue to go up.
When we showed the numbers to people on the street, the categories that stood were obvious.
"The murder, burglary and car thefts," said Perkey.
"The burglaries and car thefts," said Lillie.
Kramer said the car thefts have become a trend and they've already addressed it with a campaign to educate people on how to defend from it, starting with locking your car.
"To be able to have some proactive information going out as reminders if you will on what they need to do to safeguard from of these crimes is helpful," said Kramer.
The CBI report looked at every law enforcement agency in the state and even though each agency differs when it comes to size and demographic, Kramer said they pay attention to what the trends are doing elsewhere so they know they're not alone if things get bad. It also goes the other way if they see one agency doing well in a category it might just be worth a call to get some advice.
For a look at complete list of the statistics click on the link below.