Denver crime going down: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Denver crime going down: Which offenses are leading the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on April 19, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Denver saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,300 for the week of April 8, down from 1,501 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 323 incidents last week, from 366 the week before. Assault went from 191 to 164. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage decrease in robbery, from 26 incidents per week to 13, and in burglary, from 67 to 49 incidents.

There were 17 reported shooting incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 99 incidents of vandalism, down from 103 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of arson went from two to three.

There were 632 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 97 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, 115 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 147 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.

Stapleton experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Five Points also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Hampden are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays produced the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Saturdays, Thursdays and Fridays, while incidents on Mondays and Tuesdays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early afternoon and midday saw the most crime last week.

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