As of December of last year, crime at Denver International Airport shot up 29% from the previous year. A surge in car break-ins, assaults, and larceny has been reported, yet police do not seem phased by these offenses.
A total of 50 car break-ins and 20 assaults took place in 2016. Instances of larceny, or personal items reported stolen, rose 9%. Though the numbers increased significantly in a short amount of time, authorities are not concerned. Due to the sheer number of people passing through DEN, authorities claim the ratio of crimes is actually quite small.
Denver International Airport is the 15th busiest airport in the world and the fifth-busiest in the United States. It is also the largest in sheer acreage, spanning 52.4 square miles. It is considered the Gateway to the Rocky Mountain West since it opened in 1995. An estimated 58 million people passed through the airport in 2016, meaning that by comparison, the 50 car breaks, 20 assaults, and occasional instances of larceny should be no cause for concern. Many more passengers are expected in upcoming years.
Airport personnel and police alike recommend keeping a vigilant eye on your belongings at all times. In many instances of larceny, passengers leave their phones plugged into an electrical outlet without supervising them. Many electronic devices are thus reported lost or stolen when passengers return to where they left their devices. It is vital to report suspicious activity, such as unattended baggage and to always be aware of your surroundings.
Oftentimes, cases of mistaken identity lead to unfair criminal charges. If you are charged with auto theft, assault, or larceny in Colorado you could face serious penalties if you do not defend your charges. An attorney who specializes in criminal law is your best asset when you are faced with criminal charges. Attorney Miller Leonard is a Colorado defense attorney who has practiced criminal law for 17 years. He has worked as a former State Prosecuting Attorney, a State Public Defender, and a Special Assistant United States Attorney. Talk to Miller Leonard of Golden, Colorado about your criminal case for free. Call (720) 613-8783 or contact us to schedule a consultation.