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Numbers show that crime has dropped in Over-The-Rhine

One person died and another injured after a shooting in a basketball court near Neon's Unplugged in OTR Friday. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Dave Palmer) One person died and another injured after a shooting in a basketball court near Neon's Unplugged in OTR Friday. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Dave Palmer)
Despite the crime, people feel safe when traveling to Over-The-Rhine. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Shawn Lanier) Despite the crime, people feel safe when traveling to Over-The-Rhine. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Shawn Lanier)
OVER-THE-RHINE (FOX19) -

Police are still investigating a weekend shooting near a popular Over-The-Rhine bar that left one dead and one injured.

Cincinnati Police Captain Mike John said that Friday's shooting was the fifth shooting in OTR this year.  This worries police because it is a heavily crowded area, but visitors seem to feel safe. 

The revitalization of this neighborhood brings crowds down to the area for all the right reasons.

Many who visit the area like Monique King say there is so many reason to come go downtown.

"We come down here for lunch, we come down here for dinner without out kids, we'll come down here with our kids,” said King.

Has OTR completely removed itself from all the wrong? Deborah McKenery, who lives in Mount Washington, says crime is everywhere and she feels safe going to places like OTR.

"I personally believe most shootings involve people that know each other, it can happen anywhere,” said McKenery. “So it doesn't deter me from going there, and I don't think it's that much. I think it's gotten a lot better."

In 2014 OTR has seen a decrease in its overall crime. According to the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence report, in 2013 there were 56 shootings, some fatal, some non. That fell to 28 in 2014. Back in 2005 that number was approaching 100.

When you look closer at the 2014 numbers from the Cincinnati Uniform Crime Report, the more common crimes where theft, simple assault, and criminal damaging.

In 2014 there were six felonious assaults and two armed robberies.

Many like Vincent Glass do not believe these incidents cast a shadow from OTR's past.

"One bad thing happens, but everyone he's about it. It can blow things out of proportion,” said Glass.

Even though many people who visit OTR do not know the exact statistics, they do feel safer.

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