Crime Statistics in Ohio
Crime in Ohio is a hot topic, but crime is a hot topic regardless of where you live. Everyone wants to feel safe in their communities. Unfortunately, crime is a part of our society and we all need to exercise common sense as we go about our business.
According to the Ohio Law Enforcement Agency Uniform Crime Report, crime in Ohio has declined in 2007 from the previous year. Although the statistics are alarming, it’s a good idea to focus on the improved numbers and continue to elect Ohio public officials who will strive to maintain the reduced crime rates and implement aggressive strategies to lower the numbers even more.
For 2007, with a population of 11,466,917 the Agency reports:
- Violent crime – 39,360
- Property crime – 396,209
- Murder – 516
- Forcible rape – 4,452
- Robbery – 18,260
- Aggravated assault – 16, 132
- Burglary – 98,508
- Larceny theft – 263,922
- Vehicle theft – 33,779
It will be interesting to see if the report for 2008 shows a continued decrease in crime in Ohio in relation to any increases in population.
If you have been charged with committing a criminal offense in Ohio you should seek the advice from an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. It would be extremely difficult if not impossible to represent yourself for such a serious charge. Ohio criminal law is intricate and involved and requires a skilled criminal defense lawyer to navigate the system. Additionally, your criminal defense attorney will utilize their legal experience with similar cases and advise you of the best strategy that will yield a favorable outcome. Most criminal defense lawyers do not charge for an initial consultation so it would be a wise move on your part to schedule an appointment.