Here’s a chart of the major crime categories through the end of July, and for the same periods in previous years.
|Part I violent||731||711||720||688||649|
|Part II violent||2,826||2,750||2,724||2,810||2,466|
|Part I property||4,496||4,466||4,139||4,341||3,555|
|Part II property||1,648||1,524||1,504||1,651||1,206|
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The Part 1 violent category includes arson, breaking and entering, residential burglary, thefts from motor vehicles, shoplifting and other thefts. Part 2 includes blackmail, vandalism, stolen property offenses and forgery.
Some very large crime categories have nose-dived.
|Crime category||2016 ||2017||% change|
|Theft from motor vehicle||816||584||-28%|
|Motor vehicle theft||459||349||-24%|
The news hasn’t been all positive, however. Killings are up from last year, and so are drug violations. Pick-pocketing is on the rise, and firebugs have been busier this year.
|Crime category||2016||2017||% change|
|Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter||18||22||+22%|
Overall violent crime and most gun crimes have declined, though aggravated assaults with firearms has increased 24 percent this year, stats show.
Biehl and other officials say the data is exciting and the trends hopefully will continue through the end of the year.
“We’re a safer city,” Biehl said. “This year is rather unique in that these declines are steep.”
Some credited what they say is growing goodwill and trust in the Dayton Police Department.
Dayton police officers seem to feel that the city’s and police department’s efforts to improve relations with the community are working and paying off, said Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams.
Residents’ attitudes about the Dayton Police Department appear to be changing for the better.
A citywide survey earlier this year found that 74 percent of residents feel that Dayton police officers are somewhat or every respectful when dealing with citizens.
That’s unchanged from a year ago. But compared to last year, fewer residents said officers were somewhat disrespectful (8 percent, down 3 percentage points) or very disrespectful (4 percent, down 1 percentage point).
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Police cannot do their jobs alone, according to leaders, who say officers need the community’s help to uncover crime and solve it.
Police also said they hope that their crime-fighting strategies are making a difference. Biehl said crime pattern analysis seeks to interrupt criminal activities and his department’s new focus on violent gun crime hopefully is working.
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