For the first time in several years, Northwest Denver showed a greater increase in crime than the city as a whole. Violent crime in District 1 is up slightly, but property crime in our area has increased between 10 and 13% in the past month. Most of these crimes involve motor vehicles. Theft from motor vehicle continues to be the most common crime. So far this year there have been 251 more of these crimes than last year. Most of these are crimes of opportunity, which occur because people leave their cars unlocked and leave valuables such as purses, wallets, laptops, and even firearms in their cars. Officers have been canvassing the neighborhood handing out “report cards” warning people about these practices. There has also been an increase in license plate thefts. Why this is occurring is somewhat of a mystery because stolen license plates have not been showing up in connection with other crimes.
Auto theft has also been on the increase. Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks have been a popular target as well as Hondas and Jeeps. Most are 2000 or newer. To reduce the likelihood of having your car or truck stolen, always park in well-lit areas, and invest in after-market alarms or anti-theft devices such as the club.
There has also been an increase in scams. A common one involves people posing as water department employees coming to supposedly check pipes, but actually robbing people. If someone comes to the door, check their ID and verify with the company. Never leave your house unattended. The water department is not in the habit of just showing up like that. Likewise, the IRS will not call you and demand you make immediate payment or risk arrest.
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