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

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By Hoodline - Published on September 05, 2019.

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

The offenses that increased the most were theft and drug-related offenses. Theft rose to 235 incidents last week, up from 207 the week prior. Drug-related offenses increased from 78 to 98. Reports of drug-related offenses have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

Among other categories, there was also an uptick in fraud or financial crimes, from 18 incidents per week to 36, and in auto theft, from 94 up to 109 incidents.

There were 165 reported auto burglary incidents last week. That represents an increase from 152 incidents the previous week. There were also two incidents of homicide, up from zero the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of assault decreased from 156 to 143. Incidents of prostitution fell from 13 to two, and rape or sexual assault cases went down from 20 to 12.

There were 638 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 50 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 Capitol Hill had the most reported incidents last week. Five Points and Stapleton were also at the top of the list the previous week.

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

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

Head to CrimeoMeter to get free local crime alerts in your area.

This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.

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