Cincinnati crime incidents down in January; theft and vandalism drop

Crime incidents in Cincinnati saw an overall decrease last month, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 24 percent, from 2,213 in December to 1,666 in January. Crime trends are often seasonal, and some of the most common offenses tend to decline in winter, which might partly explain the most recent downward trend.

Theft and vandalism reports declined the most from the previous month. Theft fell from 818 reported incidents in December to 610 in January. Vandalism incidents went from 332 to 228 for the month or about a 31 percent decrease.

There were two arson reports last month, and 462 assault incidents. Arson incidents remained at about the same level as in the previous month, while assault reports decreased by 65 incidents.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Westwood, CUF and Corryville.

Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays experienced the most crime incidents last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Mondays, Sundays and Saturdays, while incidents on Wednesdays went up. Midday, late afternoon and late morning saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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