Unless you’ve been a victim of crime, you might think the world is a pretty safe place. Or it only occurs in certain parts of town and you don’t have to worry.
Take a gander at the weekly crime maps posted online by the Colorado Springs Police and you may be shocked to learn just how much crime is reported in the city. In fact, crime is all around and no neighborhood is immune.
Take a look at this map from the Police Department’s Web site map center and see for yourself:
This map shows calls for help in five major categories of crime for one week. Project that over a full year, and include all categories of crimes, and the total number of calls is around 300,000.
Molly Miles, supervisor in analytical services for the police crime analysis unit, wants to make the maps more helpful and interactive. She wants to be able to distinguish which calls for service resulted in a case report or arrest. She’d like to be able for users to identify hot spots over time.
And she is inviting the public to give her feedback. Tell her what you think about her maps. What do you find useful?
The police Crime Prevention Officers also stand ready to help folks interested in learning more. They welcome invitations to speak at neighborhood meetings, church groups, Neighborhood Watch gatherings.
Here are the crime prevention officers and their substations:
Officer Robert Harris, Gold Hill division, 385-2117
Officer David Gilman, Stetson Hills division, 444-3168
Officer Dave Husted, Falcon division, 444-7246
Officer Lori Torrini, Sand Creek, 444-7276