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

Crime going down in Denver: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on August 29, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Denver saw an overall downturn last week after a previous rise, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,567 for the week of Aug. 18, down from 1,861 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were auto burglary and theft. Auto burglary fell to 130 incidents last week, down from 197 the week before. Theft cases decreased from 209 to 183.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in vandalism, from 115 incidents per week to 90, as well as in burglary, from 117 down to 93 incidents.

There were two reported arson incidents last week. That represents a consistent state from the previous week. There were also 129 incidents of assault, down from 134 the week prior.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of prostitution increased from four to 10, and kidnapping cases rose from zero to two.

There were 576 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 104 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 continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Capitol Hill experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Lincoln Park also fell after increasing the week before, and incidents in Hampden are down considerably, as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Friday, Saturday and Thursday, while incidents on Sunday went up. Comparing times of day, early afternoon, late afternoon and midday continue to see the most crime incidents.

Want a longer-term view of crime in Denver? Here's our latest monthly crime report.

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