Crime going up in Denver: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime going up in Denver: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on April 12, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Denver saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 1,412 for the week of April 1, up from 1,358 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were assault and vandalism. Assault rose to 188 incidents last week, from 138 the week before. Vandalism went from 72 to 89.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in robbery, from 21 incidents per week to 26, and in arson, from one to two incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of theft went from 410 to 320. Shootings fell from 23 to 17, and burglary went down from 69 to 64.

There were 706 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 82 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 145 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 126 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Five Points, Stapleton and Capitol Hill continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Five Points saw the largest increase. Crime reports in Gateway  Green Valley Ranch also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Central Business District are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Thursdays, Fridays and Wednesdays produced the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Thursdays, Mondays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Sundays and Fridays went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early morning and evening saw the most crime last week.

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