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

Crime going up in Denver: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on August 23, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Denver saw an overall increase last week after a previous decline, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 1,861 for the week of August 12, up from 1,762 the week before.

The overall increase in crime reports was led by auto burglary and theft cases. Auto burglary rose to 197 incidents last week, an uptick from 165 the week before. Theft cases went up from 183 to 209. Reports of theft have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase in rape or sexual assault, from three incidents per week up to 19, as well as in auto theft, from 86 to 106 incidents.

There were two reported arson incidents last week. That represents an uptick from one incident the previous week. There were also 117 incidents of burglary, up from 104 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of drug-related offenses decreased from 96 to 70. Fraud or financial crimes fell from 30 to 19, and homicide cases went down from four to one.

There were 680 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of four from the previous week. Other crimes include a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Five Points, Capitol Hill and Stapleton continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Civic Center experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Hampden also rose for a second week, and incidents in Capitol Hill are up considerably, as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Monday, Friday and Thursday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the week prior occurred on Friday, Monday and Saturday, while incidents on Sunday and Tuesday went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early 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.

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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