Huntington Neighborhood Crime Statistics; West End New Prevent Crime Focal Point

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Huntington Neighborhood Crime Statistics; West End New Prevent Crime Focal Point

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – Cutting edge software purchased  through grants and asset forfeiture funds has provided a 2011 Huntington Police Crime report that allows comparisons between frequency of offense and locations.

As a result, the West End (District 2) now contains the highest percentage of incidents compared to the city as a whole. Downtown follows (District 3) then  the Southside/Harveytown (District 4)  and Fairfield (District 5). West End crime focuses around 9th and 10th Street West and Fairfield (which has seen a drop in crime due to stepped up enforcement) now has "the majority" of "flash events of multiple violent crime"   occurring on the "other side" of 20th Street.

The council district pie chart for 2011 Crime through September 30, 2011 is as follows:

  1. West End 20%   (District 2)
  2. Downtown 16%  (District 3)
  3. Southside/Harveytown 15%  (District 4)
  4. Fairfield 12% (District 5)
  5. Highlawn/Part of Marshall 9.37% (District 8)
  6. Marcum Terrace Area 9.37% (District 7)
  7. Westmorland 7.65% (District 1)
  8. South of Fairfield/Portion of Beverly Hills  6.75% (District 6)
  9. Guyandotte 5.24% (District 9)

 

Based on the findings, with the reduction of crime in other parts of the city, District 2 will now be a focal point of future police operations to prevent crime, the report said. In fact, 18.87% of the drug crimes in the city occur in the West End, specifically focused in the Ninth and Tenth Street West area.  The district endures 18.31% of violent crime and 21.02% of property crime.

Of the violent crimes in this district, there were six aggravated assaults, six robberies, and one forcible rape. Compared to 2010 , there has been an increase of one. Overall offenses climbed from 252 to 292. Burglaries shot from 33 to 50 and larceny from 63 to 92.

The report indicated that "problem offenses" for downtown (District 3) , which includes alcohol serving establishments visited by Marshall students, are prostitution (focused mainly on Sixth Avenue), robbery and public intoxication.  21.13% of violent crimes and 14.15% of property crime occur in the downtown section.

District 3 has had ten robberies, which is the leading 2011 violent offense there, compared to 2010 when there were five forcible rapes (in 2011, the figure was zero). Aggraviated assault decreased from seven (2010) to five (2011) during the third quarter. Overall offenses rose slightly from 218 to 236 which were mainly larcenies which climbed from 61 to 82.

The Southside (District 4) likely would have a lower rate, except for two clusters of mass automobile vandalism which occurred July 12, 2011 and September 19, 2011.   Vandalism thus stands out with 23.41% of city offenses. However, only 7.04% of the city's violent crime and 13.32% of property crimes occur on the Southside. Violent crime dropped 50% from 2010 to 2011 with three aggraviated assaults this year.

Fairfield still has a high percentage of violent crime (23.94%). Violent offenses increased from four in 2010 to 17 in 2011 (although there were no murders). The area has a "high" percentage of robbery, aggravated assaults and drug offenses.

 

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