What the data says
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - When it comes to picking out a community to live in, there's one thing most every family looks at; safety and neighborhood crime.
"If people are afraid to live or work or do business in an area, then why be here," said neighborhood leader, Barry Hall.
2 NEWS Investigates dug through thousands of crime entries from the past two years from the City of Dayton Police Department. We wanted to know just what kinds of crimes are happening in the biggest city in the Miami Valley and where.
"We had a few guys doing bad things," said Hall.
With assaults, vandalism and breaking and entering; the neighborhood with the highest number of reported crimes is Old North Dayton. It's home to a portion of Eastwood Metro Park and Dayton Children's Hospital.
Natalie: Does that surprise you?
Hall is the President of the Greater Old North Dayton Business Association. He knows crime is a problem in their area. He's been trying to fight it for the past eight years.
Natalie: "What is it about this area that's attracting crime?"
Hall: "It's a lot of rentals. Because when you take ownership you don't have as much crime. But obviously drugs drives everything. It drives 90% of the crime."
Hall tells me their most violent crime has dropped significantly by getting the community involved in spotting it and reporting it..not just to police, but to each other.
Sergeant Colin Patterson used to patrol Old North Dayton. He says the size of this area contributes to number of crimes.
"We see a lot of property crimes. We see a lot of thefts from motor vehicles; people were breaking into cars. We also see a lot of breaking and entering where people were breaking in to garages or sheds and occasionally we get a fair number of burglaries," said Sgt. Colin Patterson.
While Old North Dayton takes the top spot for number of crimes, the neighborhood with the highest number of serious crimes such as aggravated assault and armed robberies is clear across town in Westwood.
The data shows it had 5 murders reported in the past two years. That's more than any other neighborhood in Dayton.
"During 2014 they actually had a spike in residential burglaries," said Sgt. Patterson.
Dayton Police monitor crime stats on a daily basis and put more police officers in the areas with the most crime. They are constantly working to bring those numbers down.
If you are down in the Oregon District..make sure you are locking up your car. Its highest crime is theft from motor vehicles. Downtown Dayton's is simple assault.
2 NEWS Investigates dug a little further into the data to find out what month and day the most crime is being committed.
While you may not be surprised to know the summer months of July, August, and June have criminals out and about more...
"Even our criminals don't really like to get cold," said Sgt. Patterson.
The day you're most likely to see or be a victim of crime does not follow that trend. For two years in a row, it's New Year's Day.
"Generally with Jan 1st , we have a lot of people going out and celebrating so we have a lot of people that are going to bars so they may leave their cars unlocked so there's an opportunity there. You also have people who may be partaking a little too much in the celebrations so we can run into things like drunk driving or accidents or fights at bars," said Sgt. Patterson.
The data shows Males committed 60% of the crimes we looked through. Their top offense was simple assault. Females accounted for 40% of the crimes. Their top offense was residential burglary.
But no matter where you live, police say there's always going to be areas of crime...but if you're lucky....you have a neighbor like Barry Hall willing to fight it.
"We're gonna get ya. If you are gonna have to do that, you are going to have to go somewhere else. We are going to clean it up," said Hall.
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