Trendy restaurants and shops, historic homes and buildings, and a diverse population make Over-The-Rhine one of Cincinnati’s most attractive neighborhoods for residents and visitors.
But the area just north of Downtown is also attracting an unwanted element — robbers.
A WCPO analysis of city crime reports shows that in September, Over-The-Rhine had the highest total of reported robberies among the city’s 51 populated neighborhoods.
With 15 robbery events in September, OTR outpaced two more densely-populated neighborhoods, Westwood (10 robberies) and Avondale and College Hill (nine robberies each), according to Cincinnati Police Department data.
Citywide, the number of robbery reports has held pace with last year’s totals to date. But in September, Cincinnati police stats show robbery totals rose 16 percent over the previous month.
Here’s a look at neighborhoods where you’re most likely to be robbed, based on totals this year:
This year, Over-The-Rhine has been the top neighborhood for robberies for four of the nine months. In each of those four months, the robbery total for the area has been in double digits.
For the year, at least 92 robberies have been reported in OTR, also highest among city neighborhoods.
During September, the types of robberies, locations and times they were reported were as diverse as the OTR neighborhood.
Six of the 15 events were described by police as “aggravated” robberies, meaning the suspect was armed with a deadly weapon, had an accomplice or seriously harmed the victim.
Six of the robberies were reported between 6 p.m. and midnight, but five occurred in broad daylight, between noon and 6 p.m.
For more information about robberies and other reported crimes, check out WCPO’s interactive map database, which gives a month-by-month breakdown of crime activity in neighborhoods across the city.