Denver crime decreasing: Which offenses are dropping most?

Denver crime decreasing: Which offenses are dropping most?Photo: iStock
Published on August 30, 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 1,819 for the week of Aug. 19, down from 1,861 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were auto burglary and burglary. Auto burglary fell to 152 incidents last week, down from 197 the week before. Burglary cases dropped from 117 to 97.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage decrease in robbery, from 34 incidents per week down to 27, and in auto theft, from 106 down to 94 incidents.

There were 207 reported theft incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 209 incidents the previous week. There were also 40 incidents of weapons offenses, down from 42 the week prior.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault increased from 134 to 156. Incidents of prostitution rose from four to 13, and drug-related offenses went up from 70 to 78.

There were 688 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of eight from the previous week. Other crimes include a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Five Points, Stapleton and the Montbello had the most reported incidents last week. Five Points and Stapleton were also at the top of the list the previous week.

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

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Monday, Wednesday and Tuesday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest decline from the previous week occurred on Saturday, Friday and Thursday, while incidents on Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday 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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