Robbery Reports in Cleveland Heights Top Cities of Similar Size

We put FBI crime statistics in Cleveland Heights next to other cities in Ohio with comparable populations. How did Cleveland Heights stack up?

Cleveland Heights participated in the FBI's crime reporting system for 2011. 

The stats, as reported by the FBI, are listed in the chart below. These are the known offenses in the city in 2011, tracked and reported by the Cleveland Heights Police Department to the FBI.

In addition, we compared crime statistics in Cleveland Heights to cities with similar populations. Browse through the charts in the photos section to see where Cleveland Heights falls in terms of specific crimes like burglary and theft.

Violent crime includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. 

The property crime stats include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.

While Cleveland Heights is in line with most cities of its size, there were more incidents of robbery in 2011 in the city than Ohio cities with a similar population that participated in the FBI's report.

We included cities with populations of 40,000 to 55,000.

Cities are not required to report their stats to the FBI. For more about these stats, click here. Look for another article soon that compares Cleveland Heights crime statistics throughout the years.

Are you surprised by any of these numbers? Does anything stand out for you? Tell us in the comments.

Population 46,155 Violent crime 143 Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 1 Forcible rape 7 Robbery 102 Aggravated assault 33 Property crime 1,018 Burglary 318 Larcency/Theft 675 Motor vehicle theft 25 Arson 0
Will Goldstein November 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I feel like I've seen far fewer reports of robberies in 2012 than I remember seeing in 2011, and recall hearing that the CHPD has put particular emphasis on bringing those incidents down. It would be interesting to see these numbers as year-to-year trends for comparison.
David Clingingsmith November 16, 2012 at 01:33 PM
An issue with this comparison is that some of these towns, such as Cleveland Heights and Lakewood, are within major metro areas while others are not. It would be interesting to see how CH stacks up relative to the towns/neighborhoods surrounding us or that are potential alternative choices for a person considering whether to locate in CH or a different area.
Garry Kanter November 16, 2012 at 02:13 PM
People actually walk on CH's streets. For better or worse, that means more crime.
Michelle Simakis (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Me, too, Will. I'm going back to look at 2010 and other years that are available, but I also don't remember writing about as many this year as I did in 2011.
Michelle Simakis (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Good point. Many Patch editors compared by population, but Mansfield is a completely different place than CH, for example. I'll go back and compare other inner-ring suburbs/neighbors in the area like University Heights, Shaker Heights, East Cleveland, Parma, Warrensville Heights, Euclid. Any other suggestions?
michaelschwartz November 16, 2012 at 03:24 PM
But, but, but, I thought Cleveland Heights was the safest city in the area for its size, or at least thats what I thought the city leasership always touted. Maybe I didn't understand them correctly.
popeye November 16, 2012 at 04:23 PM
For years city hall and the police dept. have re-classified certain crimes in the city so they are not recorded as crime incidents. The stat. you see in the table may be lower than the actual number of incidents.( Not sure how the IPad thefts from Roxboro students were classified) The inaccurate lower crime stat. (if you believe it,) helps property values. City Hall will continue to portray Cleve. Hts. as a low crime city. If you read The Patch and the newspapers Police Blotter you are aware of some of the crime that occurs in C.H. . C.H usualy has the most listing of crimes and not all of it makes it to print. The Sun Press Police Blotter sometimes tries to put a humorous spin to some but there is nothing humorous about it . I believe the police dept. does what it can and is trying different strategies to reduce crime in C.H.
Garry Kanter November 16, 2012 at 04:32 PM
In just the last year or so, it was revealed that CH was under-reporting sex crimes. I think the Sowell murders led to this discovery.
michaelschwartz November 16, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I don't blame the police at all except for the chief who palys games with the stats. The police are dealing with the ghettoization of the city that is making it unsafe to walk the street at night And that is a fact. But you will not hear that from the mayor or city council. They only speak "happy talk: and gush about their new green city hall parking lot and other such nonsense while apparnely purposely ignoring the death spiral the city is currently in.
Colleen November 16, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I would like to know what percent of the crimes is committed by juveniles and how many of the victims are juveniles? Also it seems as if many of the perpetrators are related.
Colleen November 16, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I am impressed with the openness and community engagement from the new leadership in the police dept. They respond rapidly if you call and tell them something seems suspicious.
Will Goldstein November 17, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Does anyone know if these stats/incidents are mapped out in any way?
Jake Crouse November 17, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Mapping it out: Most of the crime is committed North of Cedar Rd. and gets worse around the Severance area and Superior Rd.
Glinda Smith November 17, 2012 at 04:00 PM
It would be helpful if our police department spent less time going after parking violations and more time trying to stop robberies and burglaries.
john smith November 17, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Thank you. Yes it is well known that burglary in particular is often misclassified as theft so that potential home buyers are not scared away.
john smith November 17, 2012 at 07:39 PM
You bet! This incessant hyper-focus on traffic citations is maddening and irrelevant.
Will Goldstein November 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I have two thoughts on the traffic citations: first, really a question- what percentage of the department revenue is expected to come from fines and citations? My guess is that revenue from those fines offsets other more important work. Is that correct? Second, as a street that has seen increased (and fast) traffic due to this year's construction, we are thankful for the dept's quick response to our request for assistance in trying to quell speeders on our street. I'm generally not that concerned about the over zealous traffic cops. It's well known that you'll get pulled over for speeding pretty much anywhere CH, so just drive the limit and you'll be fine.
Paula Kalamaras November 21, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Even when I was a little girl and we would be biking over to Cumberland to swim, my grand mother prohibited us from riding down Altamont since it had a seedy reputation even then. We had to go via Beechwood or Euclid Heights. Cleveland Heights needs to provide juveniles with civility lessons, and when they do transgress, make them do reparations. For instance, trespassing or menacing on the streets, they need to do yard clean up and care for the seniors in the community. Teach compassion and respect at an early age. Perhaps then they won't be so eager to be thuglets. Enforcing curfews and monitoring heavy walking areas and parks can also help decrease crime.


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