CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – New crime statistics suggest downtown Cleveland is safer this year than last.
19 Action News compared major crime stats to last year and amazingly, crime has been cut by a third.
Car thefts are down by thirty-five percent, burglary is down thirty percent and even robbery fell by twenty percent.
Pretty interesting numbers considering last month's fatal murder of a parking lot attendant right before a Cleveland Cavaliers game.
Despite reports, the office of the Cleveland Chief of Police says they haven't cut patrols, but they are doing "target enforcement." Authorities are using crime analysis to spot trends and are also increasing undercover operations.
The police union argues downtown patrol patterns have changed and the city now has fewer officers to spot crimes in progress or get flagged down.
City councilman Joe Cimperman, who represents downtown Cleveland, told 19 Action News "crime always goes up and down but our goal is at the end of this year, it'll be down more than it was last year. The next year even less and the next year even less…and I have to think the things we put in place are contributing to that."