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Report: Pueblo ranked most violent city in Colorado

Data comes from FBI, Business Insider

Pueblo worst in state 16th nationally for violent crime
PUEBLO, Colo. -

Pueblo is known as the Home of Heroes and the Steel City, but it's also increasingly becoming a home to criminals and violence.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 was in Pueblo today to get reaction from police and citizens about the disturbing trend.

According to recent statistics from the FBI, Pueblo ranks as the 16th worst city for violent crime among cities with a population of more than 100,000.

The FBI looked at murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults between January and June of 2017 to compile the data.

The website Business Insider used that information to rank the cities.

It's important to note that many cities--and even the entire state of Texas--did not provide crime statistics.

Furthermore, experts say crime rates alone do not fully explain the situation in a given city.

"It appears that they used 2016 population estimates with 2017 crime data," said Pueblo Police Chief Troy Davenport.  "That probably skews the numbers a bit.  But we're not going to bury our heads in the sand. We know we have work to do.  The good news is that while violent crime is up, burglary and other property crimes are decreasing."

Davenport also said he expects a further crime reduction after 20 officers graduate from the police academy this summer.  The extra manpower is financed by a voter-approved sales tax increase.

"I'm surprised," said Robert Gonzales, a north Pueblo resident.  "But I also know that there's more crime than there used to be.  Kids used to play safely and happily outside.  You don't see that around here anymore."

Karen Nolting recently moved to Pueblo's east side, an area commonly believed to be the city's most violent.

"It really is as bad as they say it is," she said.  "They need to clean this town up."

Kathy Stokes has lived all over Pueblo and currently resides in a south side mobile home park.

"I'm gad you're bringing attention to this," she said.  "Fifteen years ago, I wanted to raise my kids and grandkids here.  Now, I'm not so sure.  I won't always be around to keep them safe from all of this crime."

Rudy Gradoz lives in central Pueblo and finds the FBI report hard to believe.

"I don't think the information they have justifies that we're the worst," he said.  "This is my home town.  I left here twice and came back because I love it here."

Many Puebloans hope that one day, they'll be able to love their city without so much crime.

 

(EARLIER STORY)
 
Newly released FBI crime statistics break down the number of violent crimes in U.S. cities with a population over 100,000.
 
The data tracks murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults between January 2017 to June 2017. Business Insider then took the violent crime rates per 10,000 people to rank the most violent city in each state.
 
Pueblo is ranked the most violent city in Colorado with 48.9 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.
 
There were 10 states that did not report data or do not have an applicable city with more than 100,000 people. 
 
Click here for the list.

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