Beginning in January, the Columbus Police Department renewed its focus on how we prioritize and investigate crimes. On a broad scale, crimes can be placed into two categories: crimes against people and crimes against property. Today’s article will focus on our efforts to reduce property crime.
Crimes against property include theft, burglary, arson, criminal mischief and fraud.
The city’s property crime rate is approximately 19 incidents per 1,000 residents, which is lower than the national average of 29 per 1,000.
In the first four months of the year, we investigated 593 thefts, 82 burglaries, three arsons, 238 criminal mischief complaints and 136 instances of fraud.
By comparison, in the first four months of 2011 we investigated 510 thefts, 92 burglaries, one arson, 147 criminal mischief complaints and 88 fraud cases.
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