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Denver crime rising: Which offenses are rising most?

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By Hoodline - Published on May 02, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Denver saw an overall increase for the week of April 19 to April 25, after a previous decline, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 1,663 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, up from 1,562 the week before.

The overall increase in crime incidents was led by auto burglary and theft. Auto burglary rose to 154 incidents, from 111 the week before. Theft went from 153 to 190.

In somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in weapons offenses, from 22 incidents per week to 36, and in drug-related offenses, from 81 to 107 incidents.

There were eight reported arson incidents. That represents an increase from three incidents the previous week. There were also 65 incidents of burglary, up from 61 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn, reports of vandalism went from 127 to 94. Incidents of prostitution fell from 13 to one, and assault went from 117 to 108.

There were 648 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of two from the previous week. Other crimes include a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Five Points, Stapleton and Capitol Hill had the most reported incidents. Five Points and Stapleton were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Five Points went up the most. Crime reports in East Colfax also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents at Denver International Airport are up considerably as well.

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

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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