DENVER (AP) – New statewide statistics show the number of violent crimes rose in Colorado last year.

According to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation report released Tuesday, violent crimes rose overall by 3.4 percent between 2009 and 2010. The number of such crimes dropped 5.5 percent nationally.

Violent crimes include homicides, aggravated assault and forcible rape.

However, statistics also show that the homicide rate dropped. The Denver Post reported that the 129 homicides reported in 2010 is the lowest total in at least a decade. The state’s homicide rate is one-half of the national rate of 5 percent.

Property crimes in Colorado declined by 1.5 percent, less than the 2.8 percent drop seen nationally.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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