Statistics generally don’t lie. According to published police reports, property crimes increased in the consolidated University and University Park neighborhoods in 2021. The trend included double-digit increases versus 2020 in personal property crime, robberies, burglaries and car theft. The few areas of improvement were drug arrests and bike thefts.
We consolidated the two neighborhoods of University and University Park to get a comprehensive view of 2021 crime. There were 780 property crimes (up 28%), 128 burglaries (up 88%), 168 car thefts (up 26%), 39 violent crimes (up 5%). In regard to lesser reported crimes, rape was up (4 vs 3) and domestic violence increased (13 vs 10) along with one homicide. There were 56 bike thefts reported (down 29%) and 28 drug arrests (down 47%).
2021: Violent Crime in the University and University Park Neighborhoods
In the context of the entire City and County of Denver, the lower the rank, the lower the crime rate. University Park ranked 64th and University ranked 61st out of 78 Denver neighborhoods. The DU neighborhood is in the top quartile for a relatively low crime rate – so despite the increase in overall crime in the area, other parts of Denver are experiencing even greater levels of crime.
Most university area crimes reported during the year were at four apartments and three retail locations over the past year. There were 14 reported crimes at Safeway (2150 South Downing), 11 at 7-11 (1600 East Evans) and 12 at the Colorado Boulevard McDonald’s (South Colorado & East Evans). The four apartment complexes were University Park Towers (17) at 2225 E. Buchtel Blvd., One Observatory Park (27) at 2360 East Evans, University House (19) at 2400 East Asbury and Colorado Station Apartments (15) 2725 East Buchtel Apartments.
The University of Denver neighborhoods have become more subject to crime, though this isn’t unique just to this area. Property owners and renters alike should look to improve their own safety precautions and always be on alert when out and about in the area.
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