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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Reported crimes drop 5 percent in Denver - The Denver Post

Reported crimes drop 5 percent in Denver - The Denver Post

The number of reported crimes in Denver decreased an average of 5 percent in the past year, dropping to levels not seen since the turn of the century, authorities say.

The total number of murders dropped 13 percent, from 38 in 2009 to 33 in 2010, according to police. The number of aggravated assaults and sexual assaults also dropped.

"We're obviously pleased," said Lt. Matt Murray, Denver police spokesman. "We're always doing things to decrease crime with new techniques and technology. Clearly we're doing things right. But it wouldn't be fair to speculate on all the factors that contributed to the reduction."

Overall, the crime rate across the country is dropping, he said, and societal changes are contributing to the decline.

According to the Denver Police Department's Data Analysis Unit, crimes against persons declined by 1.4 percent and property crimes dropped by 4.1 percent.

The new figures do not take into account population increases, Murray said. The comparisons are strictly based on total numbers of reported crimes, he said.

The number of burglaries dropped by 6.3 percent, robberies by 5.6 percent and motor-vehicle thefts by 8.9 percent.

Murray said Denver uses DNA to solve burglaries, a factor that can dramatically reduce crime. When the department takes one prolific burglar off the street, it can prevent 30 additional burglaries, he said.

One area that bucked the trend was larceny, which went up by 7.4 percent, police said.

Crimes for which police officers have increased the frequency of patrolling also went up.

The number of prostitution arrests, for example, went up by 73 percent, and child pornography arrests jumped by 15 percent.

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