Overall crime in Cincinnati was down in 2020 – The Cincinnati Enquirer
In a report to Cincinnati City Council, the city’s police department said overall crime was down in 2020 despite a record-breaking number of killings.
Lt. Col. Mike John said Wednesday that while there was a 2.4% increase in violent crime compared to 2019, there was a 12.6% reduction in property crime. This means combined crime fell 10.6%.
“It was not our worse year by a long stretch,” John said.
This marks at least the 10th year in a row of crime numbers decreasing in the city. This data is based on reported crimes, and not based on arrests or convictions.
John said 11,674 property crimes and 2,034 violent crimes were reported last year.
Police also presented a survey of 67 of the largest police agencies in the country show increases in violent crime happened nationwide in large cities from January to September.
Among those cities, homicides were up nearly 28.7% over 2019 and Cincinnati saw a 28.8% increase. Aggravated assaults were up 10.6% in those cities, but increased 21.2% in Cincinnati.
But not all violent crime increased. Reported rapes fell nearly 20% in the city and robberies fell about 8.6% matching nationwide trends.
While the increases in shootings and killings were largely consistent across neighborhoods, John said the only surprise when it came to shootings was the high number that occurred in “CUF:” Clifton Heights, University Heights and Fairview surrounding the University of Cincinnati.
The three neighborhoods saw 18 shootings in 2020. Over the five years prior, the area averaged just eight a year.
John did note that there had been an uptick in auto theft, which he attributed in part to the increased use of Uber Eats and Doordash. Apparently, drivers for those services were finding their cars stolen at a higher rate.
Lt. Col. Lisa Davis gave an overview of homicides. There were 94 killings in 2020 which broke the 2006 record of 88.
Davis said the homicides are still taking place in what police call “violent territories,” areas that have shown long-term, generational problems with violence.
According to the data, West End saw the most homicides in 2020 with Over-the-Rhine and Avondale also topping the list of violent neighborhoods.
Davis said about 67% of the city’s 2020 homicides had been solved or otherwise closed as of Wednesday, a rate above the national average.
She also applauded the work of the Cincinnati Citizens Respect Our Witnesses organization which works to get witnesses to crimes to step forward.
The city’s homicide detectives know who committed about 85% of all killings, Davis said, but due to a lack of willing witnesses, cases cannot always move forward.