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Statistics from the Denver Police Department show the ten boroughs of Denver with the highest number of crimes per mile in the first few months of 2017. While the numbers are higher than residents would like, they have actually declined in many areas over the past two years.

Overall, according to DPD statistics, crime in Denver fell slightly in the past year. As you can see in the graph below, the total crime in January, February, and March (the last month for which the numbers are final) all fell from the same periods of the previous year, albeit by relatively small amounts.

However, there are exceptions in several categories – especially murders. There were eight murders in Denver in the first three months of 2016, ten this year, including five in January alone. In addition, there were more serious attacks in each month of 2017 than their counterparts in 2016.

Here are the newest digits:

Ten Denver neighborhoods with the highest levels of crime per square mile right now

When it comes to specific neighborhoods, DPD tracks crimes using various online tools, including the Denver Crime Map, which allows users to select a date range for specific locations. This week we did that for the period between January 1 and April 16, and then compared the resulting stats to those we found in a 2015 post titled “Ten Denver Neighborhoods with Highest Crime in 2015 “have shared.

We found that crime density, which measures crime per square mile, is a more useful metric than actual number of violations because the size of Denver neighborhoods varies so widely. For example, Gateway-Green Valley Ranch and Stapleton both have pretty high crime numbers: 402 and 622, respectively. But because they’re so big, the crime density is actually pretty low – 54.60 per mile for Gateway-Green Valley Ranch, 69.24 per mile for Stapleton.

Another factor to consider: the number of crimes grouped together minor and serious crimes.

The statistics in our post for 2015 covered a longer period than this from January 1st to May 11th of this year. However, the crime density figures can still be compared directly. They show that two neighborhoods fall out of the top ten: Barnum, which came tenth in 2015, and Cole, which came in eighth. In addition, the ranking has shifted between the other eight districts.

Most important, however, are the density numbers, and they contain a lot of good news. Even in the number one neighborhood in 2015 and 2017, crime rates fell. But they have risen this year for both number two and the four neighborhoods.

Here are the latest numbers contrasted with those from 2015.

Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Lincoln Park neighborhood.

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Number 10: Lincoln Park

Crime Density, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 335.42 per mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 428

Crime Density, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 429.47 per square mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 548
Ranking 2015: Number 9

Westwood neighborhood.

Westwood neighborhood.

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Number 9: Westwood

Crime Density, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 340.01 per mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 509

Ranking 2015: Outside the top ten

Cheesman Park neighborhood.

Cheesman Park neighborhood.

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Number 8: Cheesman Park

Crime Density, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 417.46 per mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 220

Crime Density, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 588.24 per mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 310
Ranking 2015: Number 5

City Park West Neighborhood.

City Park West Neighborhood.

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Number 7: Stadtpark West

Crime Density, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 442.99 per square mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 237

Ranking 2015: Outside the top ten

West Colfax neighborhood.

West Colfax neighborhood.

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Number 6: West Colfax

Crime Density, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 464.14 per mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 466

Crime Density, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 541.83 per mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 544
Ranking 2015: Number 7

Keep doing research on the five boroughs of Denver that currently have the highest number of crimes committed per square mile.

Five points neighborhood.

Five points neighborhood.

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Number 5: five points

Crime Density, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 660.41 per square mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 1,161

Crime Density, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 787.26 per mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 1,384
Ranking 2015: Number 4

East Colfax neighborhood.

East Colfax neighborhood.

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Number 4: East Colfax

Crime Density, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 730.59 per square mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 781

Number of crimes, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 594
Crime Density, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 555.66 per square mile
Ranking 2015: Number 6

Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Capitol Hill neighborhood.

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Number 3: Capitol Hill

Crime Density, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 963.02 per mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 651

Crime Density, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 1,100.59 per mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 744
Ranking 2015: Number 2

Union Station neighborhood.

Union Station neighborhood.

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Number 2: Union Station

Crime Density, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 1,234.62 per mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 542

Crime Density, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 1,047.84 per square mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 460
Ranking 2015: Number 3

Central business district.

Central business district.

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Number 1: Central Business District

Crime Density, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 1,684.45 per mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to April 16, 2017: 726

Crime Density, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 2,273.78 per square mile
Number of crimes, January 1 to May 11, 2015: 980
Ranking 2015: Number 1

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Michael Roberts has been writing for Westword since October 1990 and has worked as a music editor and media columnist. It currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.