Cincinnati crime grows in March; assault rises, burglary drops

The number of crime incidents in Cincinnati saw an overall bump last month for the second month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by about 32 percent, from 1,718 in February to 2,271 in March.

The offenses most on the rise last month were assault and theft. Assault rose from 459 reported incidents in February to 688 in March. Theft incidents went from 669 to 846 for the month, or about a 26 percent increase.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase last month in robbery, from 41 incidents per month to 81, and in vandalism, from 256 to 353. Robbery reports have decreased since the same month last year, while vandalism incidents have declined.

There were 21 shooting reports last month. Shooting incidents rose from 14 offenses the previous month.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, burglary reports went from 180 to 159.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, Westwood, Over-The-Rhine and Avondale saw the largest increase from February to March. Mt. Auburn, Oakley and South Cumminsville also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Fridays, Wednesdays and Saturdays continued to experience the most crime incidents last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Comparing times of day, midday, early afternoon and late morning saw the most crime last month on average each day.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

Head to SpotCrime to get free local crime alerts in your area.


This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.