City Crime Calls for Police and Jails, not “Faith”

Welcome to Columbus, Ohio: where city crime has reached a near-record homicidal year.

A columnist for a local newspaper wrote yesterday about city crime in Columbus, Ohio. He emphasized “some have faith” in his headline and he ended the column by talking about old people in a tiny church that remember when they lived safely in Columbus without bothering to lock their doors. By ending the column this way, the writer made it seem upbeat.

But there’s no bright side to what is happening in Columbus. The police are not able to deal with the issue and are instead trying to put the burden back on the community. Without acknowledging the irony, the police chief said the officers were “taxed” by the number of crimes. For what do the victims of city crime pay taxes then?

Theodore Decker writes in the Columbus Dispatch, “Despite squall of homicides, some have faith Hilltop can be revitalized.

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In this near-record homicidal year, the 100 block of South Eureka Avenue on the Hilltop could be considered ground zero.

Seven of the city’s 133 homicides this year have occurred within a quarter-mile of the block. That number more than doubles, to 15 deaths, when the radius is expanded to a half-mile. In a city that spills over 225 square miles, more than 10 percent of the city’s killings occurred within a 10-minute walk of that stretch of South Eureka.


Already this week, five people have lost their lives across Columbus, all of them to gun violence. One was killed within just 68 minutes of the start of a Monday afternoon news conference in which Police Chief Kim Jacobs asked the public for help in reducing violence and holding the city’s killers accountable. So far this year, about 6 in 10 homicide cases are unsolved.

“The call to action is to really engage our community in what we can do to solve some of these homicides,” Jacobs said. “What I can tell you is the police are not going to be able to solve this on our own. We are being taxed, as you can imagine.”

One shop owner said that, in addition to police, they need more “role models” and opportunities like “job training.”

If people can get away with crimes, they aren’t going to have any reason to look up to other role models or to want other opportunities.

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