FBI: Violent crime down in Dayton
Statistics, however, show that property crimes have increased.
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.
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