Overall Toledo crime down; murders, robberies up

By Rob Wiercinski - bio | email

Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - The City of Toledo was a safer place to live in 2008. That's because a new report shows crime was down compared to the year before.

Overall, crime in Toledo dropped 4.5% last year, even though there was a spike in murders and robberies compared to 2007. Rapes, assault with a weapon and vehicle thefts were down considerably.

Here is a quick breakdown of the stats with the biggest change.

Crimes against people

2008 murder, manslaughter and robbery statistics have all gone up compared to 2007.

Rape incidents have gone down.

Crimes against property

Burglary went up 10% in 2008 compared to 2007. Arson went up 24%.

Vehicle theft is down 21%. Property theft went down 11%.

Coming up tonight on News 11 at 11, Jonathon Walsh takes a closer look at the burglary and arson statistics that both jumped in 2008.

The mayor credits the hard work of Toledo police, efforts of local block watch groups, and the sense of good will of people all across the city. "I don't think there's a hardened criminal element. It's there, but to the degree you find it in a lot of urban centers, I don't think it's there."

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