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3 Common Crimes in Denver During COVID-19 Outbreak

In Denver and the rest of Colorado, the COVID-19 pandemic has stopped life in its tracks, including criminal activity. Overall, crime in the city has decreased by a third because of the statewide stay-at-home order issued to combat the spread of the coronavirus. 

Denver police data shows that 4,772 crimes occurred from March 15, 2020, to April 12. During the same four-month period last year and in 2018, there had been 7,038 reported crimes. 

Since residents cannot go out unless they need to perform an essential task, there has been an 80 percent decrease in alcohol- and drug-related crimes. Since schools and many businesses are closed, there is no need to drive, resulting in traffic accidents being down by 70 percent. 

However, the following three types of crimes have significantly increased in Denver during the COVID-19 pandemic: 

  1. Business burglaries – Since many businesses have closed their doors until further notice, they become an opportunity for theft. According to city law enforcement officials, there were 175 reported business burglaries from March 15 and April 12, compared to 91 last year and 84 in 2018. In response to the recent trend, the police have increased the number of officers out on patrol in commercial areas. Stealing from a building other than a dwelling is second-degree burglary, which is a Class 4 felony. 

  1. Auto theft – There has been an increase in auto thefts in the city. While 268 car thefts were reported the week of March 15, there were 337 reported the week of April 19.  Auto theft can lead to a first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft charge, which is a Class 5 felony if the stolen vehicle is valued at less than $20,000, or a Class 4 felony if it is worth between $20,000 and less than $100,000. 

  1. Aggravated assaults – Aggravated assaults averaged around the high 50s during the first weeks of social distancing. At the end of April 11, there have been 97 assaults. If the intent is to cause serious bodily injury, then it is considered first-degree aggravated assault, which is a Class 3 felony. If the intent is to cause bodily injury, then it is second-degree aggravated assault, which is a Class 4 felony. 

If you have been arrested in Denver during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Law Office of David L. Owen, Jr. is available to protect your rights and freedom during this scary and uncertain time. Attorney David L. Owen, Jr. is ready to help you avoid harsh criminal penalties immediately. 

Contact us today at (303) 622-3281 and schedule a free consultation.