Colorado’s most populous city doesn’t appear to be a magnet for violence.
While the US Justice Department reports that violent crime has increased for the second year in a row, a new study reveals that Denver one in a handful of cities where violent offenses have actually decreased in the past three years. The report (PDF) from the Police Executive Research Forum, a national organization of police executives, shows that from 2004 to 2006 murder and assaults dropped significantly.
For the time period, homicide decreased by more than 38 percent while aggravated assaults dropped by approximately 13 percent. The only crime to actually increase was robbery, by more than 5 percent.
This comes after the city reported a reduction in serious crimes. The study also shows a drop in violent offenses before the city’s “broken windows” program went into play in 2005.