Denver public safety officials turn to statistics to prevent crime before it happens

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Yes, three-quarters of the people in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood live in poverty, and few residents near Cherry Creek State Park worry about paying the bills.

But they all experience crime, and Denver’s public safety officials want to know what drives crime trends in those neighborhoods and how to stop it from happening in the first place. To get there, they plan to dig into the nitty gritty data available through the U.S. Census Bureau and their own crime analytics to figure it out. Then, they want to recruit other city agencies to help address the underlying issues.

Understanding those differences and other socioeconomic factors through data analysis of each census tract in the city is part of the Denver Department of Public Safety’s new plan to prevent crime and improve quality of life:

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