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Cincinnati crime rising: Which offenses are growing most?

Cincinnati crime rising: Which offenses are growing most?
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By Hoodline - Published on March 22, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Cincinnati saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 480 for the week of March 11, up from 401 the week before.

Vandalism and assault led the increase in crime incidents. Vandalism rose to 93 incidents last week, from 57 the week before. Assault went from 105 to 136. Reports of vandalism have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase in shootings, from four incidents per week to 12, and in theft, from 150 to 168 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from 40 to 32, and robbery fell from 15 to 12.

There were 27 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of three from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, seven involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from nine reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Westwood, Avondale and Over-The-Rhine had the most reported incidents last week. Westwood was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Avondale went up the most. Crime reports in Westwood also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Evanston are up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays produced the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, while incidents on Saturdays, Mondays and Fridays went down. Comparing times of day, early afternoon, late morning and evening saw the most crime last week.

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