Theft is a common crime, especially in a large city like Cincinnati. Recent statistics indicate that auto theft is becoming even more of a problem in many areas of the city. If you have been charged with auto theft, you need an experienced Cincinnati theft lawyer on your side. We will listen to your side of the story and help you develop the best defense possible.
Cincinnati Auto Theft Trends
In the past year, auto theft has increased dramatically in all areas of Cincinnati. In total, the number of car thefts have risen to 336 so far this year. During the same time period last year, the number was at 213. This is a 58 percent increase.
In District 1 (Mt. Adams, Over-the-Rhine, Pendleton, Queensgate, and the West End), car thefts have decreased from 26 to 23, marking a 12 percent change. District 2 (City of Cincinnati, Evanston, East Walnut Hills O’Bryonville, Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout, Oakley, Madisonville, Kennedy Heights, Pleasant Ridge, East End, Columbia-Tusculum, Linwood, Mt. Washington and California) did not fare as well. Auto thefts nearly doubled, from 27 during the first three months of 2016 to 53 so far in 2017. However, the coverage area is the largest of all of Cincinnati, at just under 25 square miles.
Auto thefts are seeing a huge increase in District 3 (Price Hill, East Westwood, English Woods, Millvale & Moosewood, Fairmount, Riverside, Sayler Park, Sedamsville, South Cumminsville, Roll Hill, and Westwood) as well. They have increased by two-thirds, going from 67 to 111. District 4 (Mount Auburn, Corryville, Walnut Hills, Avondale, North Avondale, Paddock Hills, Bond Hill, Roselawn, Carthage, and Hartwell) saw a 50 percent increase. The number of car thefts increased from 54 to 81.
In District 5 (Clifton Heights, University Heights, Fairview, Camp Washington, Northside, Winton Hills, Winton Place, College Hill, and Mt. Airy), there was a 67 percent increase in auto thefts. The number increased from 36 to 60. In the Central Business District of Cincinnati, car thefts increased by 167 percent. However, the number of crimes is very small – an increase from three to eight thefts. Also, the coverage area is the smallest, at 1 square mile.
Reasons for Increases in Theft
Gang activity may prompt car thefts. In addition, many people steal cars in an attempt to sell their parts. Junkyards pay a significant amount of money for parts such as catalytic converters, so it’s a good way to make extra cash. Some people steal cars simply for the thrill, which is especially true with luxury or sports cars. Because the increase has been so recent, the Cincinnati Police Department has not yet released an analysis of the increased data.
Our Cincinnati Theft Lawyers Can Help You
If you are accused of auto theft in Ohio, do not give up without a fight. A strong defense or plea bargain can help you avoid serious penalties. A Cincinnati theft lawyer can help you formulate a solid defense.
If you’re facing auto theft charges, get help from Luftman, Heck & Associates. Our knowledgeable lawyers can help reduce your jail time, fines, and other penalties. It’s possible to avoid felony charges. Based on the circumstances, you could get your charges dropped altogether.
Call us today at (513) 338-1890 to see how we can help you.