Increases and Decreases in Arvada's Crime Statistics for 2009


Crime in Arvada dropped slightly from 6,473 to 6,280 incidents in 2009.

One of the increases in crime statistics involves fraud offenses (including identity theft, scams, fraudulent credit card purchases). This category saw a 27% jump in 2009.

"This is a situation where we see a down economy directly impacting crime numbers," said Deputy Chief Creager. "Nationally, identity theft is spiking simply because it's an easy crime to commit and suspects are finding increased opportunities to target potential victims."

Here are some quick tips to protect your identity.

  • Don't discard carbon copy checks in the trash. (Shred the items at events such as the fall Shred-a-Thon slated for October 16 at the Arvada Center!)
  • Don't have your new checks sent through the mail. Always pick them up at the bank.
  • Shred documents containing financial or personal information.
  • Review your bank and credit card statements. Call the bank if there are any irregularities ASAP.
  • Don't mail checks from your home mailbox. Place the checks in a secure "big blue" box at a post office.
  • Protect your social security number. Do not print it on checks or resumes if you're job searching.

Another increase involved the crimes against persons' category.

"Sex offenses involving inappropriate touching have increased contributing to the rise in persons' crimes," said Deputy Chief Gary Creager.

"We are very aware of these troubling statistics and continue work to most effectively assist children impacted by this horrific crime," said Chief Don Wick. "We utilize five full-time crimes against children detectives who have decades of experience in investigating these extremely sensitive cases. We also work hand-in-hand with the staff at Ralston House, which is an off-site facility where police and other specialists assist victims on their journeys to recovery."

In most cases involving sexual assault against a child, the suspects are almost always known to their victims whether it's a family member or a person in a position of trust.

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The staff at Ralston House frequently provides sexual assault prevention classes to groups throughout the entire community. If you are interested in taking part in one of these presentations call Ralston House at 720-898-6745.

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A decrease in auto theft was reported for the third year in a row. There were 229 auto thefts reported in Arvada compared to 240 in 2008, a drop of 8%.

"Our hope is the work of the recently formed Metropolitan Auto Theft Taskforce will continue to decrease the number of auto thefts not only in Arvada but throughout the Denver metro area as this team of investigators continues to make inroads in identifying and arresting those responsible for this crime," said Sgt. Ginger Charles.

"The Arvada Police Department strives to provide the highest level of police service to those who live and work in the city," said Deputy Chief Gary Creager. "While Arvada's crime rate tends to be lower than many other metro area cities we continually work to effectively address crime and reduce the number of criminal incidents in our community."

TYPE OF CRIME

2008

2009

Crime Against Person

Assault - Aggravated

98

99

Assault - Simple

415

415

Homicide

1

2

Kidnapping

19

15

Sex Offenses

105

140

Crime Against Property

Arson

31

17

Burglary

409

408

Counterfeiting/Forgery

95

100

Embezzlement

1

0

Extortion/Blackmail

0

1

Fraud Offenses

361

458

Motor Vehicle Theft

240

229

Robbery

62

38

Stolen Property

38

36

Theft Offenses

2,084

2,107

Vandalism

1,239

1,221

Crime Against Society

Drug Offenses

1,212

953

Gambling

0

0

Pornography

0

0

Prostitution

4

3

Weapon Offenses

60

34

Total Offenses

6,473

6,280

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