CINCINNATI -- If you think the violence on the streets of Cincinnati is getting worse in recent works -- you’d be right.
New crime statistics from the Cincinnati Police Department show that the city is seeing double-digit increases in reports of violent crime in some areas.
Homicides have doubled compared with the same time period from the previous month.
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The stats also show that reports of rape are up 23 percent and police have seen a 40 percent increase in aggravated assaults, as well compared to the previous reporting period.
The data shows the only category that has dropped is robberies -- that statistic is down 20 percent as compared to the previous reporting period.
Those figures tell a different story when compared to the same reporting period from last year. According to those same statistics, the city saw an 83 percent increase in homicides, a 32 percent drop in rapes, a 26 percent drop in aggravated assaults and a 31 percent drop in robberies. Auto theft increased by 36 percent during that period.
The news comes on the heels of the announcement of a new initiative to fight violent crime in the city. Officials said that in addition to the new officers, they will also resurrect a gang unit and ramp up overtime.
The department also plans to increase patrols in 23 hot spots with the most crime. Those hot spots are in Avondale, Millvale, Mount Airy, Roselawn, Walnut Hiils, West End, West Price Hill and Westwood.
Those new officers come at a price though. The new class could cost $5 million and hiring additional officers another $600,000 in the next budget.
Earlier, WCPO reported that sworn staffing for the department is down 180 since 2008 and is at a 17-year low of 954 officers.