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Denver crime rising: Which offenses are leading the trend?

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By Hoodline - Published on August 02, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Denver last week remained roughly even with the week before, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

The offenses that increased the most were assault and alcohol-related offenses. Assault rose to 141 incidents last week, up from 121 the week before. Alcohol-related offenses went from 16 to 35.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in rape or sexual assault, from one incident per week up to eight, as well as in arson, from one to four incidents.

There were 189 reported auto burglary incidents last week. That represents an increase from 181 incidents the previous week. There were also 96 incidents of burglary, up from 91 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of drug-related offenses decreased from 93 to 75. Incidents of vandalism fell from 131 to 117, and prostitution went down from 14 to three.

There were 646 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 13 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 had the most reported incidents last week. Stapleton and Five Points were at the top of the list the previous week, as well.

Capitol Hill saw the largest increase; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Kennedy also rose for a second week, and incidents in Baker are up considerably as well.

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

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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