A spike in illegal activity during the 2020 pandemic has subsided
The Durango Police Department said a spike in crime that occurred last year when law enforcement became more focused on enforcing public health orders has calmed down and the city returned to pre-pandemic crime levels in 2021.
The police department released year-end crime statistics at the Durango city council meeting on Tuesday.
The city of Durango recorded 726 “Part 1” crimes committed in 2021, down almost 200 from 918 in 2020.
“The Part 1 crimes are major crimes that the FBI classifies,” said Durango Police Chief Bob Brammer. These types of crimes are murder, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and theft.
He noted that the numbers for 2021 are still being counted because the year is not over.
“We haven’t recorded the fourth quarter yet because it’s still December,” he said.
According to statistics, Brammer said the city’s crime rates appeared to normalize after significant increases linked to the pandemic.
“Where we would normally put our efforts to reduce theft, we were doing other things during the pandemic,” he said. “Things like investigating public health order investigations. “
In 2020, the police department saw a significant increase in burglaries, thefts and motor vehicle thefts.
Two of the ministry’s goals for 2021 were to reduce violent crime and motor vehicle theft. Both goals were met, as Durango saw a 15% decrease in violent crime and a 31% decrease in motor vehicle theft.
“This year we’ve been able to refocus a lot of our efforts,” said Brammer. “Really what we tried to do was deny ourselves opportunities for serious crimes. “
He said the department was able to achieve its goals by identifying locations where violent crime and thefts were occurring. The concentration of effort and the orientation of officers to identified high crime areas hampered the possibility of small crimes turning into major crimes.
“What we’ve found is that when someone commits a minor crime, it can potentially escalate into more problematic things,” he said. “We took that opportunity through the minor parts of it, and it’s about paid benefits by reducing some of the little things while also reducing the major types of crime.”
One of the statistics examined by the Durango Police Force in their report was crime elimination. The authorization specifically refers to cases that are resolved by the police department.
“Liquidation rates are fundamentally the solvency factor of a crime,” Brammer said. “Sometimes that involves arrests and sometimes not. It depends on what it is. Ultimately, the solvency factor means we found out who did it.
DPD compared its clearance percentage on crimes to the state of Colorado. Out of 292 cases of theft and theft, the DPD had a 23% elimination rate compared to an 11% statewide elimination rate. For burglaries, the city has a disposal rate of 21% compared to the state’s overall 13% disposal rate.
DPD had a discharge rate of 27% in fraud cases, while the state has a discharge of 7%. Motor vehicle theft had a 45% elimination rate in Durango and an 8% elimination rate statewide.
While the city has a 73% violent crime elimination rate for 2021, there have only been 41 violent crime cases in the past year. Statewide, there have been nearly 24,000 violent crime cases for a resolution rate of 39%.
“We do a better job than the rest of the state on average,” Brammer said. “It won’t be statistically proportional to the population. “
Brammer said he would like to continue reducing the number of motor vehicle thefts in the city. Most car thefts are not the result of people breaking into vehicles and hot wiring them, he said.
“These cars are not wired or open,” he said. “The overwhelming majority of these cars are left unlocked by residents with the keys in them.”
Brammer said stolen cars are often used to commit other crimes and therefore reducing motor vehicle theft will reduce crime overall.