Columbus Police Dept. notes drop in property crime

Authorities are saying that property crime in Columbus is down. The Columbus Police Department has issued a report shows a continued drop in property crime across the city over the past few years.

Police Chief Jon Rohde says that Columbus has always been safe from violent crime. But property crime rates have remained stubbornly high.

In recent years, Columbus officers have been making concentrated efforts to reduce property crime, Rohde said.

Rohde says those to reduce property crimes include education efforts and community outreach

According to the report, from 2015 to 2018, Columbus saw a 19-percent reduction in property crime. In addition, through the first three quarters of 2019, CPD has noted an additional 16-percent reduction in property crime. This includes a 29-percent reduction in burglaries, 11-percent decrease in thefts and a 58-percent reduction in vehicle thefts.

Rohde said the success of the education efforts are demonstrated by the falling rate of vehicle thefts.