Submitted by Andy Walvoord
On September 30, the office of Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer and the Denver Police Department held a virtual meeting (see link below) to discuss crime in DPD District 3 and specifically in the Hilltop and Crestmoor neighborhoods. The meeting was precipitated by a murder which occurred near Crestmoor Park on the night of 9/27. Three people were involved in a multiple shooting; one of the three was killed, and the other two remain in the hospital. None of the three was a resident of Crestmoor, and they had no connection to the neighborhood. Denver Police believe that the location was randomly chosen, and there is no ongoing threat to the neighborhood or its residents. Denver Police are also indicating that everyone involved in the shootings has been identified and has been, or will be, apprehended.
Generally, the rate violent crime has remained steady in the Hilltop neighborhood (which includes Crestmoor for reporting purposes) versus 2019 statistics. Property crime, in particular car burglaries and car theft, remains elevated over 2019 levels. DPD encourages everyone to be vigilant about cars parked on the street; in particular do not leave anything of value in such cars.
In other neighborhood news, both DPD and Denver Parks and Recreation have increased the number of patrols of Cranmer, Robinson and Crestmoor parks by officers and park rangers. The increase in patrols was in response to complaints of parties in the parks coupled with inconsiderate behavior directed at neighborhood residents and property. Police believe that instances are down substantially since kids have started school again as well as the usual reduction in activity as the weather gets colder.