Denver Union Station Neighborhood Crime Spike Replace

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1001, which represents RTD staff, has hit the crime line in the Union Station area, which reached worrying levels this summer, and is showing little sign of decline.

A union bulletin dated December 1 said, “We have the legal right to refuse to work in UNSAFE WORKING CONDITIONS at Denver Union Station.” It then added, “This is not a game or a trick. If we don’t take steps to ensure our safety, we can die while we wait for RTD to do it for us. ”

In an interview with Fox31, the President of Local 1001 Lance Logenbohn described Union Station as a “lawless hellhole”. But while RTD says it is working hard to make sure Union Station, a multimodal transportation hub for the region, is safe for customers and employees alike, there are undeniable challenges.

According to the Denver Police Department, the Union Station area has seen more crime per square mile than any other neighborhood in the past two weeks for which statistics are available, and the second most common crime rate. During that time, at least twelve crimes, or nearly one a day, occurred at Union Station or just a few steps away.

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The Denver Crime Map lists crimes in three main categories: violent crime (murder, robbery, and grievous bodily harm), property crime (arson, theft, burglary, car theft, and theft from a motor vehicle), and other crimes (all other crimes, drugs and alcohol, civil unrest , Economic crime and other crimes against persons). From November 16 to November 30, the Union Station area recorded 109 violations, down from just 129 in Five Points. But Five Points is much larger geographically than Union Station, which is why the map uses crime density – the number of crimes per square mile – to compare neighborhoods. Union Station has a crime density of 248.29 per square mile, the highest in Denver; the crime density in Five Points is 73.38 per square mile.

The other districts of Denver with the highest crime rate and highest crime density in the last half of November were Capitol Hill (105 offenses, 155.32 crime density); the Central Business District or CBD (98 offenses, 227.38 crime density); Montbello (100 crimes, 19.75 crime density); and East Colfax (91 offenses, 95.13 crime density).

Of the 109 crimes committed in the Union Station area in the last two weeks in November, twelve took place either at the train station at 1701 Wynkoop Street or just around the corner. Here is that list in reverse chronological order:

1701 Wynkoop Street
Theft theft – other

8:17 am
1660 Wynkoop Street
Theft from automobiles; Theft of items from a vehicle

12:00 noon
1700 block of Wynkoop Street
Car theft; Theft of automobiles

10:45 p.m.
1701 Wynkoop Street
Theft; Bicycle theft

10:40 a.m.
1701 Wynkoop Street
Public disorder; Disturb the peace

3:49 pm
16th Street / Wynkoop Street
Heavy attack; Bodily harm with serious bodily harm

8:20 a.m.
1700 block of Wynkoop Street
Drugs & alcohol; Possession of drug paraphernalia

3:21 pm
1660 Wynkoop Street.
Public disorder; Criminal nonsense – graffiti

8:06 pm
1701 Wynkoop Street
Other crimes against persons; Assault with minor bodily harm

8:06 pm
1701 Wynkoop Street
Public disorder; Is threatening to hurt himself

8:06 pm
1701 Wynkoop Street
All other crimes; Criminal trespassing

7:30 a.m.
1701 Wynkoop Street

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1001 is hardly alone in its concern for the Union Station area. A petition is now live on “Help transform LoDo into the welcoming heart of Denver AGAIN!” Points out that “Union Station in Denver has a long and diverse history and serves as a hub for tourists, neighbors and residents alike.” Over the past two years we have watched with growing concern as this amazing community slowly and unabatedly deteriorates, adding to fears of what might become of our inner city if we don’t take drastic and immediate measures to clean it up again and compassionate realm. ”

So far, the petition has been signed by more than 2,000 people.

Here is RTD’s Declaration on Union Station, released December 2:

Since the safety of RTD’s employees and customers is paramount, the agency is improving security measures in response to an increase in undesirable activity affecting the central core of Denver, and particularly the Denver Union Station area. RTD complements its transit police operations with strategic partnerships with the Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams of the Federal Transportation Security Administration and the Guardian Angels nonprofit. By leveraging these partnerships, and by increasing police patrols during peak hours, the agency will significantly strengthen security presence at Denver Union Station, its bus concourse, and adjacent train platforms and transit pavilions, as well as on the 16th Street MallRide shuttles and other bus routes along the Colfax Corridor .

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