Over 800 more 'serious' crimes committed in Columbus compared to this time last year

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 6, 2013 

Columbus has had over 800 more Part 1 crimes committed in the first three quarters of 2013 compared to last year at the same time.

Part 1 crimes are characterized as the more serious crimes, which include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.

Although 2013 right now is 6.5 percent below the six-year trend, the 804 more Part 1 crimes through the third quarter equal a nine percent jump year over year.

"Though we experience periodic flare-ups of burglaries and auto 'smash and grabs,' we appear to be fairly stable in our Part-1 Crime reports again this quarter," said Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who also serves as public safety director. "Statistics don't matter, though, when the crime happened to you.

"We are thankful for our professional law enforcement officers who fight this crime every day."

To compare 2013 to last year, Columbus has seen an increase in every category listed except homicides. However, there wasn't another homicide in 2012 after the third quarter. Columbus finished last year with 17 murders. Columbus already has 18, two in the fourth quarter, this year.

Chief Ricky Boren said although Columbus has so far seen an increase in homicides and property crimes, the trend isn't specific to the area.

"It's like that here and all over the nation," Boren said Wednesday. "Montgomery is on their 45th homicide, and they are comparable in population and department size to us."

The most significant jump is in burglaries, with nearly 500 more reported this year, which is a 25 percent jump from 2012.

"Since 2010, we have seen similar crime rates in our Part-1 Crime levels," Boren said in the release. "Now, we are looking to improve on these numbers and reduce the number of burglaries that cause such concern on the part of our citizens."

Boren also reminds Columbus residents to be on the look out for suspicious activity, and to use services like Crime Stoppers as soon as possible to pass on relevant information about crimes in the area.

"They need to be totally aware of their surroundings," Boren said. "They can call (Crime Stoppers), give us the information completely anonymously, and we'll take care of it. That information is followed up on everyday."

Here are the third-quarter Part 1 Crimes provided by the mayor's office:

• Homicide: 19 (2008), 6 (2009), 10 (2010), 14 (2011), 17 (2012), 16 (2013)

• Rape: 44 (2008), 39 (2009), 31 (2010), 20 (2011), 23 (2012), 28 (2013)

• Robbery: 409 (2008), 419 (2009), 366 (2010), 286 (2011), 304 (2012), 324 (2013)

• Aggravated assault: 385 (2008), 403 (2009), 386 (2010), 363 (2011), 376 (2012), 384 (2013)

• Burglary: 2,266 (2008), 2,778 (2009), 2,544 (2010), 2,535 (2011), 1,919 (2012), 2,400 (2013)

• Larceny: 7,028 (2008), 6,736 (2009), 6,751 (2010), 5,908 (2011), 5,658 (2012), 5,797 (2013)

• MV Theft: 1,205 (2008), 1,194 (2009), 785 (2010), 775 (2011), 616 (2012), 768 (2013)

• Total: 11,356 (2008), 11,575 (2009), 10,873 (2010), 9,901 (2011), 8,913 (2012), 9,717 (2013)

These seven tracked crime categories are recorded in the Uniform Crime Report and are published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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