Officials Track Crime To Determine Where New Cameras Will Be Placed
While Columbus police cameras have been labeled huge successes in some neighborhoods, crime is up in other areas.
Columbus crime analysts broke down statistics in five neighborhoods that include some of the city's 157 safety cameras. Data was compared from the six months before the cameras were installed to the six months after the cameras were installed.
According to the numbers, Linden was the area least affected. Overall crime was down 4 percent in Linden, but murders whet from two to 10 from 2011 to 2012.
The biggest success story was the Weinland Park area. Crime is down 33 percent since the cameras went up. Car break-ins and burglaries saw the biggest drop.
Crime is also down 20 percent in the Hilltop. The latest numbers within the boundaries of the neighborhood reveal weapons offenses totaling 11 in 2011 before the cameras, to just one in 2012 since the cameras.
Mount Vernon is an area that saw crime increase since safety cameras were put in place -- a 10 percent bump in crime overall. Car theft and burglaries are on the rise.
The biggest concern for the city, by the statistics, is the Livingston Ave where crime is up 20 percent. The city responded by making it the first neighborhood to get additional cameras installed.
Drug offenses are tracked by arrests, and there were four times as many in the Livingston neighborhood than before the cameras existed, according to city officials.
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