A 33% Decrease in Homicides

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

At the end of May, I highlighted the encouraging trends we saw after the first quarter crime stats were released by the Toledo Police Department. Last week, I was joined by Chief Troendle to share the second quarter crime stats.

2022* 2023* % Change
Auto Theft 591 642 +8.6%
Burglary 739 668 -9.6%
Homicide 24 16 -33%
Robbery 269 178 -33%
Theft From Motor Vehicle 1,019 662 -35%
Persons Shot 145 103 -28%

*January 1 - June 30

From January 1 to June 30, crime rates have decreased in almost every category compared to the same period last year. Notably, homicides have decreased by 33%, putting us on track to return to pre-pandemic levels. Over this time period, cities across the US have seen an average 10% decline in homicides, putting Toledo far ahead of the pack.

Addressing crime requires a holistic approach that extends beyond law enforcement efforts. At the end of 2022, my administration presented our plan to City Council - a plan that included focusing on:

  • Beautifying neighborhoods
  • Investing in youth
  • Attracting business investment
  • Providing housing stability
  • Fostering community engagement

By supporting the health, economic stability, and quality of life for all Toledo residents, we are creating an environment that fosters safety and prosperity. It’s the plan we’ve been working, and it’s the plan we will continue to work. While there is still more progress to be made, these trends give us hope that the plan is working.

We have also taken significant steps to combat domestic violence and protect survivors. In January, I named Rebecca Facey as Chief Prosecutor for the City of Toledo. Since her arrival, we have added three dedicated domestic violence prosecutors, and fortunately, this year there have been 0 domestic violence-related homicides, compared with a total of 5 last year.

I want to acknowledge the exemplary leadership of Chief Mike Troendle, who was appointed Chief of Police earlier this year. Under his guidance, the Toledo Police Department has implemented data-driven, tactical approaches to policing. From increased foot patrols to the strategic use of technology and targeted operations through the Toledo Enhancement Area Method (TEAM), our police department is working diligently to prevent and deter crime.

We cannot address the challenges we face alone. We need the collective strength and commitment of every Toledo resident. Every parent, teacher, coach, pastor, neighbor, and friend has a role to play in this work. I urge you to be our eyes and ears in the neighborhoods, to support and uplift those around you, and to work alongside law enforcement to keep our city safe. By fostering strong partnerships and engaging in open dialogue, we can build a united front against crime and create a community that thrives.

I want to emphasize that we still have work to do. While we celebrate the progress we have made, we must remain vigilant and continue our efforts to make Toledo an even safer place to live, work, and raise a family. Together, we will overcome any challenges that come our way and build a brighter future for all.

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