Cleveland: FBI crime stats don't tell whole picture

11:47 PM, Jun 21, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- New crime statistics are painting Cleveland as one of the most dangerous cities in the nation.

According to an analysis by 24/7 Wall Street of the FBI's 2012 crime numbers, Cleveland's robbery and burglary rates are considered the second highest in the country.

Overall, violent crime in the U.S. is up for the first time since 2006.

Taking a look at what one particular street is up against tells a detailed story.

Palda Drive, near Miles Avenue and Lee Road, is in Cleveland's 4th District.

A residential street of neatly-kept homes, life on Palda is anything but quiet.

In the last year, 29 crimes happened on this block. Nearly two dozen are cases of burglary, robbery and theft.

4th District Commander Deon McCaulley says he knows police have their work cut out; they're using forensic evidence as well as witness statements with the hope of identifying suspects for the recent crime spree.

"We've taken a look at what's happening on that street, and in the entire area to get a feel for what's going on. We do find a rash of burglaries taking place," said Commander McCaulley.

Based on the 24/7 Wall Street report, Cleveland ranks as the nation's 10th most dangerous city.

2012 brought 84 murders, 363 rapes, and 3,252 robberies.

"It's frustrating because the whole story isn't told. We've got some work ahead of us. But when this information comes out, sometimes it will galvanize people to come forward and say, 'how can I get involved? What can I do to make it better?' In the 4th District, we have some great people doing some great work. That should really be in the report," McCaulley said.

Just today, the community services unit went door to door on Palda, not only asking for tips on the crime spree, but passing out tips that people can use to better themselves, and their neighborhood.


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