While crime around the University of Cincinnati has been decreasing for years, a string of violent incidents in recent weeks has again brought attention to safety issues around the urban campus.
Most recently, investigators said 10 teenagers repeatedly punched four students on Feb. 22 near the intersection of Clifton Avenue and Clifton Court on the west side of campus. The attackers did not try to steal anything during the assault. One victim received treatment for facial injuries at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. UC police said they believe the assailants are between 14 and 16 years old. They also said three women participated in the beatings.
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Most violent crimes reported to Cincinnati police occurred south and east of campus, according to a WCPO analysis of 2014 crime data. The data does not include crimes that occur on campus, but in the half-mile radius on surrounding city streets and alleys.
Creating a safer environment for students can’t be accomplished through instant solutions, officials have said, which is why over the past 18 months the university and police have paid for extra off-duty patrols and for the installation of lights and surveillance cameras surrounding campus.
District 5 Capt. Paul Neudigate confirmed that UC has contributed money to have an additional six uniformed police officers patrol the area around UC from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily. Two officers are on foot, patrolling Calhoun and McMillan streets while four officers patrol neighborhood streets historically known to be crime targets, which are the few blocks around Warner Street, or south of campus.
In 2012, about 26 percent of reported serious crimes were assaults and robberies. In 2013, that number jumped to 35 percent.
Take a closer look at the interactive map below, which displays serious crime reported to police from Jan. 1 to Feb. 22, 2014. Click on each dot on the map to view the reported crime, detailed below.
WCPO multimedia producer Brian Niesz contributed to this report.