In November of 2010, a news outlets across the country ran feature articles on an annual study published by the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The study sought to identify some of the “most dangerous cities” in America by examining 347 metropolitan areas across in the US and gauge them according to each areas’ statistics on incidents of crimes including murder, theft, aggravated assault, and rape–to name a few. While most cities in Colorado received favorable reviews in the study, more than a couple of Colorado metro areas appeared in the publication in questionable positions. For instance, the city of Pueblo managed to make it to the 112th—the most dangerous of Colorado’s metro areas—while Denver landed the 141st position and Colorado Springs ended up at 175. (The report listed Centennial as the safest Colorado metro area which sits at 378th among others cities in the nation—64% below the national average.) While Pueblo may not necessarily sit among the ranks of metro areas with the greatest incidents of crimes, the city’s ranking certainly gives one cause to raise an eyebrow or simply reconsider the degree of safety one might normally take for granted.
Rankings and statistics such as the ones cited in the Uniform Crime Reporting Program (or others cited in the Pueblo Police Department’s Annual Report) bring to light the persistence of the prevalence of crime in our cities and towns, and indeed, our everyday lives. Indeed, one side-effect of these reports is that they nod toward the likelihood you or someone you know could find yourself in need of a Colorado criminal defense attorney.
Despite communities’ or governing bodies’ best efforts to keep their members safe and out of harm’s way, you may still need a back-up plan, as it seems crime has a way of continually resurfacing—always lurking just around the corner. Truly, in a city—any city—where statistics point to an elevated rate of crime—and especially those cities wherein large numbers have been the victims of crime—you may want to gain a more robust understanding of your rights than you have currently. For instance, would you know what actions you would take in order to protect yourself should someone accuse you of theft or assault? What if you were present while a crime occurred and a frightened witness mistakenly identified you as an accomplice—or even a perpetrator? Should you ever find yourself in one of the unfortunate situations, you should contact a criminal defense attorney for immediately.