Reported crime rates fall around downtown Cincinnati despite recent rash of violence

CINCINNATI - Despite recent signs to the contrary, crime around downtown Cincinnati has actually declined in 2013 compared to 2012.

According to statistics released by the Cincinnati Police Department, overall calls for service have dropped by 6 percent during the January to May period in 2013 as opposed to 2012.

Scroll down to read a full table of crime statistics in District 1 or go to http://goo.gl/GjGFK

--In the Central Business District/Riverfront; rape is down 75 percent, robberies are down 3 percent, burglary fell 35 percent, larceny decreased by 18 percent and auto theft fell by 25 percent. So far, only aggravated assaults have increased there. Police said last year they recorded four assaults and 12 have been reported so far this year. There was also no reported instances of murder.

--In Queensgate; rape is down 30 percent, robbery increased by two cases for a total of four, burglary fell by 60 percent, larceny declined by 31 percent and auto theft stayed the same. Police say there were no reported instances of murder or rape.

--In the West End; instances of rape fell by 50 percent, robberies declined by 14 percent and larceny and auto theft decreased by 12 percent. Only one murder was reported during that time frame each year and instances of burglaries increased by eight percent.

--In Over-the-Rhine; One murder was reported this year as opposed to none during the same time frame in 2012. Instances of rape fell by 82 percent, robbery increased by 5 percent, aggravated assault rose by 8 percent, burglary dropped by 30 percent, larceny fell by 21 percent and auto theft decreased by 35 percent.

--In Mt. Adams; There were no reported instances of murder or aggravated assault. No rapes were reported during the January-May period in 2013 as opposed to two in 2012. Robbery stayed the same at two reported cases, as did auto theft. Burglaries increased by 50 percent and larceny rose by 39 percent.

--In Pendleton; No murders were reported during the January-May period in either year. One instance of rape was reported during that time in each year. Reported robberies doubled from three cases to six. Aggravated assault and burglary instances also increased. Reports of larceny and auto theft remain largely unchanged.

Overall, instances of rape in District 1 fell by 71 percent. Robbery and aggravated assaults rose by 2 percent and 28 percent respectively. Burglary fell by 17 percent, larceny by 16 percent and auto theft by 20 percent.

During the January-May time period, one murder was report in 2012 as opposed to two in 2013.

That data might come as a surprise to many in Cincinnati as the city deals with a new spate of shootings.

Over-the-Rhine specifically has seen two homicides in as many weeks, with four other reported shootings in the past two months.

The first homicide occurred on May 24 on Goose Alley near Race and Vine streets. Police found 29-year-old Williams Barnes with fatal wounds. The second happened Sunday in the 1700 block of Race Street. Officers said 32-year-old Antonio Wright was found shot in the head near his home.

No one has been arrested in either case.

 

To combat the violence, residents in Over-the-Rhine have already held meetings with police to discuss what can be done. Some have suggested creating a Citizens on Patrol chapter.

Read more: Residents not deterred by recent violence (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/region_central_cincinnati/man-shot-in-head-in-over-the-rhine)

If you have any information about crime in the Tri-State area, please call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040. Text tips to CRIMES (2-7-4-6-3-7) with "CINTip:" at the beginning of the message. You don't have to give your name and you may be eligible for a reward if your tips lead to an arrest.

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