CH crime trends for first half of 2016
Crime rates in Cleveland Heights for the first six months of 2016 have remained steady compared to the same period in recent years.
The data in the charts represents the period January through June 2016; data from previous years represents January through July. The difference in reporting periods results from changes in the communication routine between the Observer and CHPD following personnel changes in the police department earlier this year. The discrepancy will be fixed by the time year-end data is published.
The information is compiled by the CHPD according to federal standards defined by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting system, and is also published 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.
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 by scanning the QR code or visiting http://tiny.cc/chcrimestats.
Cleveland Heights resident Bob Rosenbaum is co-chair of the Heights Observer Advisory Committee, and is responsible for its advertising sales and market development.