Crime down, violence associated with crimes up

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – New information is defining the state of crime across the Miami Valley.

Tuesday, area law enforcement officials met with community organizers to talk about whether their efforts are working.

2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé asked for the numbers and found over the last six months there has been a spike in violent crimes, a trend seen locally, statewide, and nationally.

However, the long-term outlook is much more positive over the last five years.

In Harrison Township, for example, in 2010 murder, robbery, and aggravated assaulted totaled to 300 crimes.

This year that number is at 154.

But while the numbers are down, the type of violence associated with these crimes is up.

Law enforcement is sitting at the table with others trying to tackle crime in four neighborhoods.

“These type of partnerships help to fill the void that police departments city government cannot fix,” Trotwood Police’s Captain John Porter explained when referred to a meeting with 13 organizations.

Since last year violent crimes, like murder and aggravated assault, are down 25 percent in Trotwood. North Riverdale has cut those crimes by nearly 50 percent; Westwood and Harrison Township have seen drops as well.

But Captain Porter says the good comes with the bad.

“One of the issues that were looking at and discussing is the role that domestic violence plays in all the different communities,” Porter said. “It’s pretty much flat-lined; there’s not a lot of decrease going on there and I believe it’s a community issue that is going to be in the forefront as we move forward.”

Officials say those Trotwood domestic violence numbers report a little more than 230 reported case and it could go up to 265 by the end of the year, which would be the highest since 2011.

One organizer says that’s why it’s up these groups are needed, but she wants you to be active too.

“Sometimes we say, ‘well that’s not going to happen to us that’s not true,” organizer Vivian Schooler said. “Violence affects us all in many different ways so we’ve got to do something about it.”

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