Although crime had been on the decline over the last several years, local law enforcement are reporting a recent spike over the last 12 months.
Castle Rock criminal defense lawyers understand that property crimes in particular are on the rise, with burglaries climbing by about 17 percent and fraud increasing by about 8 percent. Assaults were also up slightly, by about 4 percent, while robberies, sex offenses and motor vehicle thefts were down.
Police agencies make a big deal of rising crime rates, always seeking to spin these numbers in their favor. If the numbers are down, for example, they will say it’s clearly the result of their crime-fighting efforts. If it’s up, it shows the need for more resources devoted to personnel, overtime, equipment, training, etc.
But the truth of the matter is, crime rates fluctuate for a variety of reasons.
In Parker, for example, the number of burglaries saw a dramatic spike, but that was partially because a large burglary ring was operating within the city limits.
Nationally, we’re actually seeing decreases in overall crimes because as baby boomers age, we have fewer people between the ages of 15 to 25. These are the individuals to whom a significant number of crimes are attributed.
Castle Rock is considered a safe city. It has a crime index rate of 71, which means it is safer than 71 percent of cities in the country. It has an annual violent crime rate of 0.54 for every 1,000 residents, and a property crime rate of about 10 for every 1,000 residents.
Theft and burglary are by far the most common crimes in the city. With a population of about 50,000, the city last year reported roughly 70 burglaries and 400 thefts.
For these type of crimes, what we have usually found is that diversion programs, drug and alcohol treatment and other alternatives usually have a better result in terms of reducing recidivism. The problem is that when crime numbers are up, no one wants to appear soft on crime – not police, not prosecutors and not judges.
This can make the arguments more of an uphill battle. But having an experienced Castle Rock criminal defense lawyer truly can make the difference.
Contact Ellmann & Ellmann today, for further questions and Concerns on your case. We have the experienced Lawyers that can assist you.