- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Greeley Police say major crimes increased 1.4 percent last year.

The Greeley Tribune reported Friday (https://tinyurl.com/qewr5th) the category includes murder, rape, aggravated assault, robbery, arson, burglary, theft and vehicle theft.

Police Chief Jerry Garner says two possible factors in the increase are population growth and crimes committed by parolees recently released from prison.

City officials estimate Greeley’s population grew 1.1 percent last year to about 98,000.

Garner says the city also had a surge in its transient population because the oil and gas industry attracted job seekers.

Garner says crime rates have risen in other boom areas, including North Dakota and west Texas.

But he says Greeley’s size makes it better-equipped to deal with an influx than smaller boom towns.

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Information from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co, https://greeleytribune.com

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