One of the biggest increases in Arvada’s
crime statistics reported in 2008 was the jump in incidents involving
weapons (54%) last year.
While the double-digit increase may seem
dramatic, these numbers can be a bit deceiving.
“Something to consider as you review
Arvada’s statistics is that they are based on low numbers of occurrences
to begin with as compared to larger cities; therefore, any increase
or decrease in Arvada crime stats will have a dramatic effect on the
change of a category from year to year,” said Deputy Chief Creager.
Creager adds “Regardless of the low
crime numbers in general, we must address the increase in the number
of cases involving weapons.”
The area of counterfeit and embezzlement
dropped 34% last year.
“A factor for this decrease is quite
possibly an increase in the proactive nature of our investigators as
they target groups of criminals rather than the crime itself. Using
this approach has afforded these detectives the opportunity to maximize
the number of charges filed against these criminals through the district
attorney’s office,” said Sgt. Ginger Charles of the Arvada Police
In addition to solid detective work,
there are fewer checks being used as more people are transitioning to
“It’s important to analyze and track
crimes occurring in our community,” said Deputy Chief Creager. “Not
only does this process enable our department to better allocate resources,
but it also helps citizens become aware of what crimes may be impacting
their neighborhoods and their everyday lives.”
The Arvada Police Department is currently
reporting crime statistics using an incident-based reporting (IBR) method.
The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) was developed by
the Federal Bureau of Investigations to improve the statistical reporting
and analysis capabilities of the law enforcement community.
There are many advantages to incident-based crime reporting systems
over the summary-based crime reporting systems ranging from the ability
to conduct detailed crime analyses for a variety of law enforcement
agencies, and the expansion of data collection efforts to include 22
categories consisting of 46 offenses.
Crime Against Person
|Assault – Aggravated
|Assault – Simple
|Motor Vehicle Theft