Crime data from the Cleveland Heights Police Department for the first seven months of 2015 indicate a positive trend is continuing, as year-to-year crime rates declined in all but two categories.
The only categories that didn’t show a decrease in the number of crimes were murder and rape. Through July of this year, there has been one murder in the city—the same as last year during the same period. Four rapes were reported through July, compared with three the previous year.
I’m not using percentages in reporting the data because the absolute numbers are so small in many categories that a single instance of a particular type of crime results in a large and potentially misleading percentage change.
The information is compiled by the CHPD according to federal standards defined by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting system, and is published in different format on the Cleveland Heights city website. It represents serious offenses defined as “Part I” crimes. It does not include “Part II” minor offenses, such as trespassing or DUI—which the FBI does not seek from local agencies because it would be too costly to report with the same level of detail.
This information has been published in the Heights Observer as part of an ongoing series to bring transparency and understanding about public safety and crime in Cleveland Heights.
- For more information about how the CHPD collects and validates crime statistics, and why the Observer publishes them regularly, see the original article in this series, which went online Jan. 3, 2015.
- To see the information as presented on the city’s website, click here.
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