As stated in the Journal News, crime in Middletown is down just under 20% compared to a year ago. I want to compliment the hard working members of the Middletown Division of Police who are out on the streets every day working to make Middletown safe.
The latest crime maps showing the first three quarters of crime hit my desk last week. While the strong reduction in crime is welcome, we still have so much work to do. As you look at the maps (link below), look at the number of thefts, burglaries, robberies, deaths and drug overdoses. It impacts every neighborhood in the City.
When I look at these maps, it seems clear to me that dealing with heroin addiction is easily our number one crime problem. Knock that down and a large portion of that map goes away.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine discussed the issue on 60 Minutes this past Sunday.
I’m going to be approaching the community soon to talk about complicated, unpopular topics such as needle exchanges and treatment facilities in Middletown. I don’t like them here and you don’t like them here. The simple facts are that the heroin addict has three choices… continue addiction and the crime associated to support their habit, get treatment, or die from an overdose.
The crime is unacceptable and I don’t wish to see any more of our citizens dying from something that can be treated. We are going to have to look at treatment and post-treatment options in the City to stop the theft related crime associated with heroin addiction.