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Homicides, shootings increase in Cincinnati; overall violent crime down

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AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati police released a study which covered the number of crimes committed over the past year.

Shootings and homicides reached its highest point since 2010, according to the Cincinnati Police Department’s year-end report.

For the other part, the study reads that violent crime is down over the last four years by 13 percent, but only down 0.6 percent over last year.

Robberies are down from the previous year. In 2015, there were 1,259 robberies compared to 1,350 in 2014.

The stats also list the neighborhoods where the attacks happen the most. Westwood is the highest with 109 although that is down 13 percent from 2014. Over-the-Rhine is next with 105 and East Price Hill along with Avondale round out the top three with 89.

The total number of rapes reported is the highest since 2012 with 248 reported. Sgt. Dan Mills, who is the FOP president told the law and public safety committee, he believes the increase in reports may be linked to heroin use.

Aggravated assaults are up from 2014 with 765. That's up 9 percent but the four year average is down nearly 2 percent. The report states since 2011 aggravated assaults are down 15 percent.

Property crime which includes burglary, breaking and entering, and auto theft is down nearly 10 percent over the last four years, but 0.5 percent from last year. Citywide there were over 4,400 property crimes with Westwood having the most at 413. West Price Hill is next with 359 and East Price Hill is third with 289.

In 2015, 71 homicides were reported in Cincinnati. Only 63 homicides were reported in 2014.  Of the 71 homicides, 58 were gun released. In reference to shootings, 492 nonfatal shooting were reported in Cincinnati in Cincinnati. Compared to the 383 nonfatal shootings in 2014, according to the report.

"It's like your looking over your shoulder," said Mikasha Stone, of Avondale.

Avondale had the most fatal and no fatal shootings with 52. Next was Westwood with 46 and Walnut Hills with 38.

"It's sad, its real sad...[that] you can't  let your kids go out in the front and play cause your worried if someone is going to ride past and shoot or not," said Dory Cutright, of Avondale.

Pastor Peterson Mingo, of the Cincinnati Human Relations organization, said its up to neighborhoods to come together to put an end to violence.

"People have to get to the point where they are tired of being sick and tired and stop complain and do something about it," Mingo said. 

The department said they plan to do additional research to figure out how to stop the trend of homicide and shootings this year.

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