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Published: Tuesday, 9/20/2011

Crime rate rises in some area suburbs

Local pattern differs from national trend


Violent crime and property crime in several Toledo-area suburbs increased from 2009 to 2010, according to a new report released by the FBI.

In Sylvania Township, for example, 29 violent crimes were reported in 2010, compared with 19 in 2009. The difference, according to the FBI, is an increase of nine aggravated assaults — 16 in 2010 versus seven in 2009 — and one rape last year; none was reported in 2009.

Sylvania Township police Chief Rob Boehme had not seen the report last night and did not want to comment in great detail before reviewing it, but he said “aggravated assaults are a hit or miss. It could be anything from road rage where someone pulls out a weapon — a lot of times those are random. … They’re a random, unpredictable crime.”

Property crimes in Sylvania Township also reportedly increased from 726 in 2009 to 737 last year.

“Economic times are tougher,” Chief Boehme said. “It could be a sign of the times, but I don’t want to say a lot.”

In Perrysburg too, violent crimes were reportedly up, from 11 recorded in 2009 to 14 last year.

Perrysburg police Chief Dan Paez had not seen the report last night and said that without looking at the department’s reports to verify the accuracy of the FBI’s report, he did not want to comment.

According to the FBI’s “Crime in the United States” report, which was released Monday, violent and property crimes are down nationwide.

Of the Toledo-area cities surveyed, Port Clinton and Oregon most closely follow the FBI’s reported trends. Port Clinton reported either a drop or no change in each category. Oregon reported increases only of thefts, motor vehicle thefts, and arsons.

In May, the FBI released an initial report of cities with populations greater than 100,000. The report, which included Toledo, indicated that the number of crimes nationwide was down in 2010. According to the report, Toledo, in every category — including murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglaries, and arson — experienced fewer crimes than in the previous year. The report does not include an overall property crime figure or specific theft figure — which would be included in property crimes — for the city of Toledo.

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