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24/7 Wall St.: Cities Where Violent Crime Is Soaring

9. Pueblo, Colorado

5-year Increase in Violent Crime Rate: 101.8
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2005): 483.4
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2010): 585.2
Murders per 100,000: 2.6

Pueblo experienced an increase in violent crime of more than 20% between 2005 and 2010, a period in which the national rate dropped more than 14%. In 2008, Pueblo was the only county in Colorado where violent crime and property crime both increased. Because of that, according to the Vail Daily, county law enforcement received a $400,000 grant. Deputy Police Chief John Ercul described his biggest concerns as “guns, drugs and gang activity,” all of which were increasing. Under President Obama’s 2009 recovery plan, Colorado was awarded $29.8 million for law enforcement based on its violent crime rate. Roughly half a million dollars was awarded to Pueblo County.

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