Westside crime rates higher at night

In 2006, the Westside, or zone three, lead Columbus in homicides and was the busiest area of the city for police calls between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.  

The third shift officers were dispatched on 70,000 calls not including incidents the police witnessed on their own or situations where they backed-up Franklin Township or the county.

Sergeant Joe Horton told the Southwest Area Commission that 2006 was a “fluke” and the Westside currently ranks third out of the five zones in homicides for 2007, however zone three continues to have a lot of crime during the third shift.

“We’re taking a lot of calls,” Horton said.

On Monday Oct. 15 at 10:55 p.m., the seven officers of precinct 10 dealt with a robbery in progress, a burglary, a large fight and a situation of domestic violence.

“That’s not too uncommon.” Horton said.

Horton asked Columbus Police Chief James Jackson for another officer and received one on a trial basis.  After the first of the year, the chief will determine if the new officer will remain with precinct 10.

The area west of Georgesville Road requires the most attention.  

Before the addition of the officer, two cruisers covered that area, but cruisers from all the patrols including Frank Road were being pulled to help.  

Since the addition of the new officer, the Frank Road patrol brought to a “screeching halt” a string of burglaries along Hardy Parkway, Horton said.

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