Violent Crime Rates Soar Across Columbus
According to Lisa Rantala with ABC6 On Your Side, The Suburbs of Columbus are seeing a rise in violent crime as the city’s homicide rate climbs over 200. Three days before the new year, Columbus Police confirm homicides number 200 and 201 for the city which have become new record highs. Several suburbs surrounding the Columbus area are also experiencing violent crime rates soar.
According to Grove City Police, aggravated assaults increased by nearly 70% last year in the city from the previous three-year average. The number of felonious assaults has jumped again in 2021.
“It seems to me there is a sense of entitled lawlessness,” said Whitehall Police Chief Mike Crispen who also serves as president of the Franklin County Chiefs Association. “From the pandemic to the civil unrest, you’re sort of getting a sense of lawlessness was starting to happen around the community.”
Chief Crispen believes a shift in attitude toward law enforcement is fueling the new crime wave, along with a lack of consequences for repeat offenders. “It’s usually a small percentage of people who are doing the majority of the violent crime. When you’re on your third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh offense, the system broke and not the suspect.”
Chief Crispen is working to collect all violent crime data from the suburbs in 2021 to come out with an overall statistic for Franklin County. With that, he says he and the other chiefs will be able to better pinpoint crime hotspots, strategies, and cracks in the system along with raising public awareness. He said this type of information can influence policy change on the city and state levels.
More officers will hit the streets in a few weeks when a police recruit class graduates. For the first time, three recruit classes will be held in 2022. This is one piece of new anti-violence efforts being used to stop the annual spike in murders. “We need to have a new vision, for what it’s going to look like in the future,” said Deputy Chief Becker. “We can’t continue to do things the exact same way, with changing resources and criminal levels.”
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