Boulder library reports sharp decline in security problems

Boulder library reports sharp decline in security problems
In the three years since the Boulder Public Library began hiring private security guards, the number of reported incidents at the main library branch downtown have fallen to record lows.

According to city records, the number of reported incidents -- ranging from assaults and trespassing to theft and intoxicated people -- totaled just 50 in 2011. That's down 73 percent from a high of 185 reported incidents during 2009, the first full year of the security patrols.

"This is good news for us," said Jennifer Bray, a spokeswoman for the library. "It is a safe place to be. That is one of our No. 1 goals."

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