FBI: Vi­o­lent crime down in Day­ton

Statis­tics, how­ever, show that prop­erty crimes have in­creased.

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL - By Doug Page Staff Writer

DAY­TON — The FBI’s 2010 pre­lim­i­nary snap­shot of Day­ton crime showed vi­o­lent crime was down 8 per­cent for the first six months of the year, while prop­erty crimes in­creased 6 per­cent when com­pared to the first half of 2009.

FBI fig­ures for all of 2009 showed vi­o­lent crime in the city dropped 8 per­cent when com­pared to 2008. Prop­erty crime also was down in 2009 by 5 per­cent.

Part of the surge in prop­erty crime through the first half of this year can be traced to bur­glar­ies.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of the com­plaints that come into the district head­quar­ters are about break-ins of cars and houses,” said Maj. Mark Hess, head of pa­trol op­er­a­tions. FBI fig­ures showed re­ported bur­glar­ies rose from 1,276 in 2009 to 1,429 in the first half of this year. Theft from ve­hi­cles is not tracked by the FBI. Po­lice depart­ment statis­tics, how­ever, show that through the first half of 2010 there were 909 such thefts com­pared to 739 dur­ing the same pe­riod in 2009.

The FBI re­ported vi­o­lent crimes in Day­ton dropped from 739 in the first six months of 2009 to 680 in the first half of 2010. Prop­erty crimes rose from 3,931 in the first half of 2009 to 4,170 through this June.

Na­tion­ally, the FBI data in­di­cated the nation saw a 6.2 per­cent de­crease in the num­ber of re­ported vi­o­lent crimes and a 2.8 per­cent de­crease in the num­ber of re­ported prop­erty crimes in the first six months of this year com­pared to the same time pe­riod of 2009.

All of the six Ohio cities with a pop­u­la­tion more than 100,000 — Akron, Cincin­nati, Cleve­land, Colum­bus, Day­ton and Toledo — showed de­creases in re­ported vi­o­lent crimes. Only Cleve­land and Colum­bus showed a de­crease in prop­erty crimes. Toledo data was ex­cluded from prop­erty crimes data be­cause it did not con­form to the re­port­ing stan­dards, the FBI said.

The Day­ton Daily News pro­vides mugs of area jail in­mates and lo­cal crime statis­tics on­line at

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