Updated: Apr 28, 2019
Crime in Cheviot: Are Things Better or Worse?
Cheviot is a small city that is a suburb of Cincinnati, the third biggest city in the state of Ohio. This city has a population of just over 8,200 people and has two constituent neighborhoods.
Crime Rates in Ohio
While a small city, the crime rate, according to data from Neighborhood Scout, is much higher than the national average. In relation to Ohio, 86% of the communities and cities in the state have lower crime rates than Cheviot. In fact, data shows that 1 in every 34 people in the city have the chance of becoming victims to either property or violent crimes.
The statistics get even worse when a comparison is done between cities that have similar populations to Cheviot. This city has a much higher crime rate than other cities of the same or similar popular size.
A breakdown of the data reveals that property crimes are more prevalent than violent crimes. Here, violent crimes include rape (but not statutory rape), aggravated assault, armed robbery, murder and non-negligent manslaughter. Property crimes include larceny, the theft of a vehicle, arson and burglary.
Violent crime rates in the city are average when compared to all communities in the US, with the chance of 1 person in 553 falling victim to such crimes. However, for property crimes, Cheviot has a higher than average crime rate as compared to other cities in the country. 1 person out of every 36 can get robbed here.
Crime Trends in Cheviot
Information taken from City Data gives a detailed breakdown of crimes in Cheviot, and also shows how crime has changed in the last decade. In 2004, there were a total of 154 crimes per 100,000 committed in city. Of this figure, there were no murders reported, and thefts and burglaries ranked the highest.
Unfortunately, the crime rate started increasing, and peaked in 2016, jumping by 66.88% to 257.7 per 100,000. The biggest increase was seen in property crimes such as burglaries, thefts and auto thefts.
The data also showed that there had been an 18% drop in the overall crime rate in Cheviot in 2017 from the previous year.
Problems Contributing to a Higher-Than-Average Crime Rate
There are multiple problems that the city of Cheviot is facing which are affecting crime rate. There has been a 7.7% drop in the city’s population since 2007, and high school graduation rates are 2% lower than the national average, and 5% lower than the state average. Many residents of the city have complained that businesses are leaving the city and there are numerous empty store fronts in Cheviot. The rate of unemployment, according to data from Area Vibes, is 51% higher than the US average. The median household income in the city is 25% less than the country average, while the per capita income is 24% lower.
According to Mayor Samuel Keller, there are 3 major problems that are plaguing the city of Cheviot. The first is the real estate market. Absentee landlords as well as rental property owners as well as aging housing stock has pulled property values down in the last 10 years. Property values are 25% lower than the American average. In fact, in the last 10 years, the appreciation rates of property in Cheviot have fallen by 0.97%. The city also has fewer home owners (46.2%). The value of homes in the city are also 51% lower than the national average. Another major issue that the city is facing is severe cuts in funding from federal, state and county governments. Due to this, improvements that need to take place in the city cannot be done, leading many residents to complain about the declining condition of the city.
And finally, a new problem that has emerged in recent years is drug trafficking and thefts associated with drug addiction.
Steps Being Taken by the City’s Government to Improve Conditions
To address the housing issue, a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) has been set up by the city’s government. The focus of the CRA is to encourage home owners or renters to invest in their homes so that property values increase. Thanks to these measures, property prices have grown by 16% in the last one year, and is expected to grow by another 7.7% by 2020.
The city’s government had been working on creating new sources of revenue for Cheviot so that the dependence on government funding would be reduced. The creation of the Joint Economic Development Districts (JEDD) across the city to encourage economic growth has helped attract more business to the city.
To address the issue of crime in the city, Cheviot teamed up with the Hamilton Country Sheriff’s Office. A full-time police officer from Cheviot also has become a part of the Regional Enforcement Narcotics Unit.
Real feedback from the city’s Facebook page shows that while residents of Cheviot are generally happy with city services, they do have issues about how the police force
handles crime and the lack of economic growth in the city.
So, what do you think? Are things better or worse? How would you grade the city's course of action dealing with these issues? Let us know in the comments below.