Denver crime dropping: Which offenses are falling most?

Denver crime dropping: Which offenses are falling most?Photo: iStock
Published on August 15, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Denver saw an overall decrease last week for the second week in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,713 for the week of August 5, down from 1,811 the previous week.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were auto theft and auto burglary. Auto theft fell to 84 incidents last week, down from 116 the week before. Auto burglary cases decreased from 189 to 160. Reports of auto theft have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in harassment, from 78 incidents per week down to 62, as well as in vandalism, which fell from 128 to 110 incidents.

There was one reported arson case last week. That represents a decrease from three incidents the previous week. There were also 26 incidents of alcohol-related offenses, down from 31 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of drug-related offenses increased from 75 to 95. Incidents of burglary rose from 96 to 100, and fraud or financial crimes went up from 26 to 29.

There were 658 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 34 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, Stapleton, Five Points and Capitol Hill continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Baker experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Civic Center also fell, after increasing the week prior, and incidents in North Capitol Hill are down considerably, as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Thursday, Tuesday and Monday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Wednesday, Saturday and Monday, while incidents on Thursday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early afternoon and midday saw the most crime last week.

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

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