Aurora crime statistics: Rape & robbery down, burglary up, murder rate unchanged

This week, the FBI issued preliminary 2009-2010 crime stat comparisons for municipalities across the country, including five in Colorado: Boulder, Denver, Lakewood, Pueblo and Thornton. However, Aurora didn't want to be left out. The city has released the data it shared with the feds, showing that major crimes declined in most, but not all, categories.

First, let's look at the FBI numbers for the five burgs that made the cut. As you'll see, murders declined in four of the five cities, with slayings going from five in 2009 to one in 2010 in both Lakewood and Pueblo. Unfortunately, Thornton reversed this trend, going from one murder in 2009 to five the following year:

And here are the Aurora digits, which show murders unchanged -- there were 23 in both 2009 and 2010 -- but rape, robbery and aggravated assault down significantly. Motor vehicle thefts, abbreviated "MVT," also dipped in a big way. But burglary was up more than 11 percent, with larceny incidents rising by 2 percent-plus: Aurora also included breakdowns for the six-year span from 2005 to 2010. Because 2005 appears to have been a very busy year for Aurora cops, 2010 looks sparkling by comparison. As you can see, the overall trend is downward in most brackets -- which is why Aurora didn't want to be left out.

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