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Crime becoming more frequent in local neighborhood

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CINCINNATI (FOX19) – Shootings, stabbings, assaults and rapes have become more frequent in several neighborhoods and townships around the Tri-State.

For months, even years, Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis has said closing the Queensgate Jail would release criminals back into your neighborhoods.

People on the West Side say they're seeing that first hand.

"Oh more than ever since, I've been here and I been here for ten years," said Vicky Reese of Mt. Healthy. "I've seen them (police) out here a lot, not just with domestics, it's been home invasions, people getting shot randomly, going into their house and then get shot this is crazy."

Detective Dan Fritz of the North College Hill Police Department agrees and says neighborhoods that we're once relatively quite have exploded with trouble.

"The demand, the calls for service, we're a two and a half square mile city and we have 18 thousand calls for service per year," said Fritz.

When FOX19 asked Detective Fritz and several other police departments about a possible cause for this up-tick in crime the answer was the same.

"Most recently when the Queensgate Jail closed there was a huge increase in any kind of crime you can think of burglaries, aggravated robberies, aggravated assault, rapes, juvenile crime anything you can think of  it's gone up, it's been crazy," said Fritz.

Sheriff Simon Leis closed the Queensgate jail and laid off 230 workers due to budget cuts in his first round of layoffs back in 2008.

"It's just finally raising to the level that community is becoming aware of it, it's been going on for awhile it's been in progress for quite some time," said Fritz.

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