In 2006 10,400 crimes were reported to the Grand Junction Police Department. Statistics show the number of violent crimes committed increased from 2005 while the property crime decreased.
Homicide, rape, aggravated assault and armed & unarmed robbery are classified by the Grand Junction Police Department as violent crimes. In 2005 there was one homicide within the city limits, last year there were four. Two of the homicide victims were children, one was an officer involved shooting which the District Attorney ruled justifiable, and the fourth victim was Timber Wolfe who was killed after a friend stabbed him in his leg.
Reported rapes went up 76% in 2006 from 2005. That's 60 cases compared to 34. Authorities say the number of sexual assaults at Mesa State College also went up and that in most cases alcohol was involved.
On the flip side, property crimes dropped 15%. Authorities say the decrease is related to the fact that theft dropped 20%.
The number of fatal car accidents only went up by one, but that's one too many officers say. Operations Commander Greg Assenmacher says the most traffic fatalities he's seen in five years.
As the Grand Junction Police Department enters 2007 they hope to accomplish many things, and continue it's fight against meth related crime and crimes against children.