Crime

Denver Crime Rises in 7 of 9 Categories, Homicide Up 72.4 Percent


The latest crime statistics available from the Denver Police Department don't feature a lot of good news.

The stats available at this writing cover January-November 2015 — figures we've compared to the same period the previous year. And the numbers are up in seven of nine categories, including all four offenses listed under violent crime and three of five designated as property crimes.

Most alarming of all is the startling increase in homicides over the span of a year — from 29 during the first eleven months of 2014 to 50 from January until November of 2015. That's an increase of 72.4 percent.

We've got the complete breakdown below, with violent crimes on the first page and property crimes (burglary, larceny, theft from motor vehicles, auto theft and arson) on the second page. The numbers conclude with the combined total, which (no surprise) has also increased.


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VIOLENT CRIME

HOMICIDE
January-November 2014
Total: 29
Percentage of overall crime: 0.1 percent

January-November 2015
Total: 50
Percentage of overall crime: 0.2 percent


Change
Difference: 21
Percentage: 72.4 percent

RAPE
January-November 2014
Total: 435
Percentage of overall crime: 1.8 percent

January-November 2015
Total: 508
Percentage of overall crime: 1.9 percent

Change
Difference: 73
Percentage: 16.8 percent

ROBBERY
January-November 2014
Total: 1,000
Percentage of overall crime: 4.1 percent

January-November 2015
Total: 1,127
Percentage of overall crime: 4.3 percent

Change
Difference: 127
Percentage: 12.7 percent

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
January-November 2014
Total: 2,197
Percentage of overall crime: 9.0 percent

January-November 2015
Total: 2,496
Percentage of overall crime: 9.5 percent

Change
Difference: 299
Percentage: 13.6 percent

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