Denver Crime Stats Differ from FBI’s, Which Cop Calls “Uniformly Wrong”


Denver’s crime statistics differ from those reported by the FBI, the Denver Post reports. The FBI preliminary report for 2012 issued yesterday showed violent crime in Denver fell last year while property crime rose, bucking national trends in both categories. The Denver Police Department’s own data paint a less rosy picture of crime in the city, showing a 4.3 percent increase in crime overall in 2012. Denver police said discrepancies between the FBI and department data are vast. For example, while the FBI report says violent crime in Denver fell 3.6 percent in 2012 from the year before — from 3,718 to 3,584 — data provided by the police department show a 9.3 percent increase — from 3,810 violent crimes in 2011 to 4,163 last year. “The process they use to collect data doesn’t capture everything,” Denver police spokesman Lt. Matt Murray said. Alluding to the FBI’s title for its Uniform Crime Report, Murray said, “It’s uniform, but it’s uniformly wrong [ ] Our data is much more accurate because we require that.”

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