July 15, 2020 | Dayton News
Civil unrest and protests calling for police reform have made many people question whether Dayton is a safe place right now. In response to some of the civil unrest, Ohio lawmakers might consider a “Stand Your Ground” law. The law would give citizens the right to use deadly force in self-defense.
The proposed bill would remove the duty citizens have to retreat from danger in a public place before using deadly force to defend themselves. Another firearm bill being considered by lawmakers will remove the penalty if a person with a concealed weapons permit fails to tell a police officer he or she is carrying a firearm when stopped by an officer.
Dayton, OH Crime Statistics
The proposed bills come after gun crimes and violent crimes increased in Dayton from 2018 to 2019. According to data, homicides involving firearms increased from 34 to 47 in 2019.
The assault with firearms increased in 2019 from 211 to 271. Many of the shootings in Dayton involved multiple deaths per shooting incident.
Statistics for Dayton violent crimes from 2018 to 2019 include:
- Homicide increased by 43 percent;
- Robbery decreased by 25 percent;
- Aggravated assault increased by 12 percent; and,
- Rape increased by six percent.
It is unclear whether the city will have similar increases in violent crimes and gun crimes from 2019 to 2020.
How Can You Prevent Crime in Dayton?
Citizens can take steps to prevent crime in their communities and keep their families and friends safe.
Safety Tips in Public
When you are running errands, going out with friends, or going to work, keep these safety tips in mind:
- Choose a well-lit, populated place to park.
- Walk with your dog or with a friend.
- Always have your cell phone within easy reach. If walking to your car alone, have 911 programmed, and ready to dial.
- Unlock your vehicle remotely when you are just a few feet away or have your keys in your hand ready to unlock the vehicle.
- Lock your vehicle immediately upon entering the car.
- Do not leave valuables in your vehicle within plain sight. Lock valuables in the trunk.
- Always be alert when walking. Avoid talking on your cell phone or wearing headphones when walking.
Walking with confidence and remaining alert can help deter criminals.
Safety Tips at Home
When you are home, there are ways you can increase safety for yourself and your family.
- Install deadbolts and additional locks.
- Install an alarm system.
- Always keep your doors locked, and the alarm system activated, even when you are at home.
- Install motion lights around your home and your yard.
- Never hide keys outside of your home. Instead, leave a key with a trusted neighbor.
- Make sure that all windows have secure locks and keep them locked.
- Keep plants, bushes, and landscaping trimmed so that they do not hide your home from the street view.
- Store valuable items in a locked garage or building.
- Never open your door for anyone that you do not know or is not expected.
Getting to know your neighbors can be an excellent way to prevent crime in your neighborhood. When you know your neighbors and their routines, it can be easier to identify suspicious people or behavior in the area.
Common Crimes Against Property and People
There are dozens of common crimes that are commonly committed against people and property throughout Dayton neighborhoods and public areas. Common criminal charges include:
If you are charged with a crime, the state needs to prove the legal elements of that crime. An arrest is not a guilty verdict. However, your actions during the arrest and after the arrest can have an impact on the outcome of your case.
What Should I Do if I am Arrested in Dayton?
Do not talk to the police. You must give your name and address, but you do not have to answer questions. The police officers may use various tactics to get you to talk, such as accusing you of being guilty if you do not talk or promising you a deal if you answer questions.
Remaining quiet except for asking for your attorney. Anything you say could hurt your case. Do not give in to the urge to explain yourself or try to talk your way out of an arrest.
One of the worst things people do is try to work with the police after an arrest or try to handle their case on their own. The prosecution is not going to tell you whether your rights have been violated or you could have the charges dropped. Only a criminal defense lawyer looking out for you will tell you the truth about your options for defending yourself against the charges.