To assist the Police Department in making Denver neighborhoods safe, it's important to report all crime and suspicious activities to the numbers provided to the left of this page. Learn more below:
Keep you house locked when you are away as well as when you are home and use deadbolt locks to secure your home. The deadbolt lock has a bolt that must be activated by a key or thumb turn. It offers good security because it is not spring activated and cannot be opened with a credit card. Deadbolt locks should meet these criteria to be a good security device:
Fences: Privacy vs. chain link. Burglars prey on privacy. Fences that allow activity to be seen in your yard are preferable to “privacy” fences.
Trees and shrubbery: Should be trimmed 6 inches below windows and at least 3 feet away from doors. Shrubbery such as rose bushes or other thorny varieties serve as a good deterrent to window peepers.
Landscape rock: Large landscape rock (golf ball size or larger) can be used to damage your property. Small landscape rock (smaller than golf ball size) is both decorative and, if someone walks on them, will be easily heard.
Visible house numbers are important. They can save police officers, firefighters and paramedic’s valuable time. House numbers are especially important if you live where there is an alley. Police officers and firefighters will often respond in the alley, as access is sometimes better.
Attitude and Awareness
Get involved with Neighborhood Watch. Introduce yourself to your neighbors and call the police if you observe suspicious activity at residences that surround you.
First, contact your Denver Neighborhood Resource Officer to inform them about your intent to start a new watch program. Use our interactive map to locate your neighborhood police station, and contact the neighborhood resource officer listed on your police station's web page. Download the Neighborhood Watch Booklet. (5 MB PDF). You can also download a Property Inventory Record to record your valuable possessions. Sign up for more information!
During the meeting, your Neighborhood Resource Officer will help organize your neighbors in to a proactive Neighborhood Watch Group. The Crime Prevention Officer will provide educational material and personal instruction in crime prevention techniques.
Your neighborhood police officers are committed to supporting law abiding citizens in protecting their neighborhoods. Under the Nuisance Abatement law, a public nuisance is not a poorly maintained yard, neglected home, a barking dog or stray animal problem. A public nuisance is any real property or vehicle where criminal activity occurs. The activity can include:
The Nuisance Abatement law can be applied by first reporting criminal activity and insisting upon signing a complaint if a criminal episode has occurred. After calling the police dispatcher, 720-913-2000, make a note to yourself concerning the date, time, and circumstances. Leave a message for your Neighborhood Police Officer to contact you. Once this occurs, a file can be started to document activity concerning the property or vehicle. Your Neighborhood Police Officers will encourage everyone on your block to come together in a show of solidarity, support, and purpose. In turn, we need you to report criminal activity and to sign a complaint when appropriate.
If you have information about suspects, or wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You may also text to: 274637 (CRIMES) then title DMCS & enter your message. Download Metro Denver's Most Wanted list.