Crime levels increased last month in Denver: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime levels increased last month in Denver: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on July 04, 2019

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

The number of reported incidents rose by about 3%, up from 7,405 in May to 7,629 in June. Despite last month's increase, crime reports remain at about the same level as a year ago. Crime trends often contain recurring patterns, based on seasons and other local events, making it useful to look at the year-over-year comparison as well.

Theft and auto theft reports increased the most from the previous month. Theft rose from 873 reported incidents in May to 964 in June, and has risen by 164 incidents since June of last year. Auto theft incidents rose from 452 to 538 for the month, which is about a 19% increase. Auto theft reports are up even more from a year ago.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase last month in weapons offenses, up from 127 incidents per month to 165, and in vandalism incidents, up from 425 to 493. Both weapons offenses and vandalism incidents have increased since the same month last year.

There were 18 prostitution reports last month. Prostitution has gone up by about 260% since June of last year.

Among the few types of reported offenses that saw a downturn last month, drug-related offenses dropped from 340 to 332. The number of reported harassment incidents fell from 282 to 275, and reported arson incidents went down from nine to seven. Drug-related offenses and harassment incidents have been on an overall downward trend since this time last year.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Speer, the Denver International Airport area and Montbello saw the largest increase from May to June. Villa Park, Washington Park West and City Park West also had considerable percentage increases in reported 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 Kennedy, and declined the most in Capitol Hill.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays saw the most reported crime incidents last month. The largest increases from the previous month occurred on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Fridays, Thursdays and Wednesdays went down. Comparing times of day, early afternoon, late afternoon and late morning continue to see the most reports of crime incidents on average each day.

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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