Police: Mild summer-like weather brings rise in gun violence


Columbus police caution as the weather grows warmer, officers see a spike in violent crime.

Police say that's why now, more than ever, it's important for eyewitnesses and neighbors to share information and crime tips with investigators so that an innocent person doesn't become an unintended target.

"Tragically, a couple times a year, we'll end up with a couple of kids caught in the crossfire.

Police said to understand how warmer weather impacts violence on the street, compare felony assaults from April 2017 to 2018. The numbers are down by about 10 percent.

Incidentally, the Doppler 10 Weather Team said last month brought 23 days of below average temperatures.

CrimeTracker 10 reviewed police reports which reveal nearly half the city's felony assaults last month occurred in north and southeast Columbus.

Police said overall, the number of felony assaults in the city has steadily declined since 2015, but police said that success is tempered by the fact that last year, more shootings had deadly results.

In 2017, Columbus police investigated 143 homicides. It's the deadliest year on record.

Police said it's important for neighbors to share information about threats of violence on the streets, so officers can run intervention before a situation escalates.

Jardine said detectives will bend over backward to meet an eyewitness or neighbor at a secondary location if the reporting person doesn't want to be seen talking to officers for fear of being labeled a "snitch."

"The idea of minding your own business," said Jardine shaking his head, "We're a community. They say it takes a village. And it really does."