(WTVM) - There are statistics about crime…and then there is the human side: do people feel safe?
Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson put it best when she said, "Statistics don't matter when crime happens to you."
New stats released by Columbus Police show crime reports down 6.5 percent below the six-year average for this time of year.
However, a closer look at the numbers shows that between July and September, more rapes, robberies, burglaries, assaults and motor vehicle thefts were reported than during the same time period last year.
And with the recent rash of brazen burglaries on the north side of Columbus, residents are definitely on edge.
Police are working to solve these crimes, which include burglars breaking down doors and rifling though valuables and even non-valuables, like food!
One of the burglary victims told News Leader 9 that she wishes she paid more attention to vehicles in her neighborhood -- which cars belong and which cars don't.
Not surprisingly - that is a critical factor in fighting crime. Neighbors must get involved. Know your neighbors. Look out for one another.
When Columbus Police succeed in solving the north Columbus burglaries, crime will move elsewhere.
So our call to action applies to every neighborhood.
Stay alert. Tell police if you see something suspicious. Write down license plate numbers if you think it will help.
It might just provide the break police need to catch the criminals.
Most of all -- being pro-active and watchful takes the control back from the criminals and puts them on the defensive… and that's one way to feel safer, no matter what the statistics say.
WTVM Editorial Committee
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