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Crime stats are way, way down

May 30, 2007 08:19 AM

The Enquirer reports:

The number of gunshot victims arriving at the trauma units at both Children's Hospital Medical Center and University Hospital is down. At Children's, the number is down 78 percent, with five juvenile victims so far this year, compared with 23 victims at this time last year.

University Hospital's trauma center has seen a 17 percent drop in gunshot victims with 100 victims this year compared with 120 last year.

Violent crime for the first four months of the year is down from this time last year.

City crime statistics show that violent crime - murder, rape, felonious assault and robbery - is down 15.3 percent to 1,002 for the first four months of the year from 1,183 incidents last year.

Contributing to that decrease is big drop in homicides. As of early Tuesday evening, 28 homicides have been recorded in Cincinnati. A year ago at this time, 37 people were counted as homicide victims.

An Enquirer analysis of monthly crime figures dating to 1968 shows that if historic crime patterns stay on track, the city will finish the year with 62 homicides - 27 fewer than last year when the city broke all modern homicide records with 89.

But will the trend hold while the summer gets hot?

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