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Denver crime levels increased last month: Which offenses are growing most?

The number of crime reports in Denver saw an overall increase last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by 1.8%, from 6,985 in March to 7,108 in April. However, looking at the broader trend, Denver crime has decreased from April of last year. Crime trends often contain recurring patterns, based on seasons and other local events, making a year-over-year comparison most relevant.

Drug-related offenses and vandalism led the most recent increase in crime reports. Drug-related offenses rose from 344 reported incidents in March to 400 in April, but have dropped by four incidents since April of last year. Vandalism incidents went from 439 to 480 for the month, or a 9.3% increase. Vandalism reports are up even more from a year ago.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase last month in arson, from seven incidents per month to 17, and in harassment, from 241 to 281. Both arson and harassment have increased since the same month last year.

There were five homicide reports last month, and 96 robbery incidents. Homicide has gone up by about 25 percent since April of last year, and robbery has increased by about 15 percent.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, auto burglary reports went from 697 to 593. Weapons offenses fell from 141 to 129, and auto theft incidents went down from 430 to 419. All three have seen an overall downward trend since the same time last year.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest increase last month occurred in Stapleton, Five Points and North Capitol Hill. the University, Whittier and Marston also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels. Over the past year, crime has gone up the most in Bear Valley, and declined the most in East Colfax.

Tuesdays, Mondays and Fridays saw the most reported crimes last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Sundays, Fridays and Saturdays went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early afternoon and midday saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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