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Domestic violence, crime on the rise in 2020

Pandemic, population growth main factors, police say


Last updated 12/17/2020 at 3:49pm

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the city’s population growth, appear to be major factors in contributing to an increase in domestic violence and assault cases, as well as rising crime numbers overall.

Police Chief Brad Richmond informed City Council on Nov. 23 of the rise in these cases during his budget presentation and shared the facts: In 2019, there were 74 assault and 171 domestic violence calls for service through November. From January to early December of this year, that number has risen to 99 assault and 220 domestic violence cases. Domestic violence order...

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