Biggest crime in downtown Cleveland is theft | News
The excitement is building for the opening of Cleveland's Horseshoe Casino.
In just four short days, Cleveland will be under the largest spotlight yet and so will tourist and resident safety.
Cleveland Police are alerting gamblers, residents and tourists to lock up and be alert. The number one crime reported in the downtown area is theft.
According to Cleveland crime stats, theft is the biggest concern. So far this year, Cleveland Police have reported 339 thefts, 1 homicide, 4 rapes, 29 robberies and 33 felony assaults in the downtown area alone.
Cleveland Police want those living in Northeast Ohio to know that with the new casino, there will be more officers patrolling downtown and additional security cameras in place.
Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath told a Cleveland City Council committee "we want to insure if people walk to the Warehouse District or the Convention Center or Playhouse Square that they can do so securely, safely."
Those visiting downtown Cleveland can do little things to help avoid being a target. Dorothy Highsmith tells 19 Action News "I feel safe. I watch my surroundings when I come out…and I watch my purse."
City leaders are expected to talk more about downtown safety Friday, three days before the giant spotlight switch is flipped.
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