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Cincinnati crime trending up: Which offenses are rising most?

Cincinnati crime trending up: Which offenses are rising most?
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By Hoodline - Published on March 29, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Cincinnati saw an overall increase last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 642 for the week of March 18, up from 493 the week before.

Assault and theft led the increase in crime reports. Assault rose to 221 incidents last week, from 136 the week before. Theft went from 177 to 225. Reports of theft have continued to grow for the last three weeks, while assault incidents have been increasing for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase in robbery, from 12 incidents per week to 31, and in burglary, from 32 to 38 incidents.

There were 95 reported vandalism incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, shootings went from 12 to two.

There were 30 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of one 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, 11 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from eight reported arrests the week before.

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

Westwood saw the largest increase; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in the Central Business District also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Over-The-Rhine are up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Wednesdays, Fridays and Tuesdays continued to see the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Wednesdays, Fridays and Thursdays, while incidents on Sundays and Saturdays went down. Comparing times of day, midday, early afternoon and late morning saw the most crime last week.

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