The typical quiet Fort Collins summer has all but disappeared as a result of the cityâ€™s increasing population, said Fort Collins Police Department spokeswoman Rita Davis.
Years ago, she said, summertime was quiet because there were fewer people, especially when college students left campus for the summer. With that, there was less crime.
â€œHowever, in recent years what weâ€™ve been seeing is that we really donâ€™t have a lull in crime,â€ she said.
In the past 10 days, Fort Collins has seen one fatal beating, a random drive-by shooting and a â€œsuspiciousâ€ fire that torched four CSU vehicles.
There have also been 100 reported incidents of broken windows across the city over the past three-and-a-half weeks.
â€œUp until just this last weekend, it was a normal summer,â€ Davis said. â€œIt may be all of the crime activities that occur this summer. We donâ€™t know.â€
Fort Collins residents close to individuals implicated in the increased level of mischief â€“â€“both victims and accused
perpetrators â€“â€“ have raised concerns on locally-based websites that the activity is gang-related.
Davis was quick to warn against such speculations.
â€œThe crime that weâ€™ve been seeing, some of it might have some gang activity associatedwith it, meaning mostly gang-involved, not gang-motivated,â€ she said. â€œYou can be a member of a gang and you could go out and shoplift, but you didnâ€™t do it as a result of being part of a gang. It was just your individual decision to do that.â€
The last time the city experienced an uptick in gang violence was â€œin the early to mid-90s,â€ she said.
CSU spokesman Brad Bohlander said details of the investigation into the campus fire could not be released, only that university officials are cooperating closely with the Poudre Fire Authority as they dive further into the case.
â€œPFA and CSUPD Investigators are working to determine the origin and cause. The fire is considered suspicious,â€ a Poudre Fire Authority press release said.
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- Drive-by shooting
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Fort Collins Police Services Detective Siobhan Jungmeyer at 970-416-2195 or Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868.
Those with information are asked to contact Fort Collins Police Services Detective Jim Lenderts at 970-416-2949 or Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868.
- Suspicious CSU fire
Those with information should contact the Colorado Arson Hotline at (877) 892-7766 or (877) 89-ARSON.
- Crime Stoppers may also be reached through its website at www.stop