A study was conducted last month revealing that nearly 20% of traffic stops by Fostoria Police Department involved a person with an active Concealed Weapons Permit. In Ohio, roughly 8% of the population has a CCW permit according to statistics. This rate falls close to Alabama which leads the charts with 22% of population with permits.
The study in Fostoria, Ohio was conducted over a course of 2 weeks by utilising police scanner traffic. With delayed technology upgrades at FPD, Officers are notified over the radio by dispatch when a license plate number is processed. In the state of Ohio, drivers and passengers are required to notify law enforcement when they are in possession of a concealed or openly visible firearm.
The reason for the increased number of CCW permits is not entirely known. Although, there is some correlation with crime data.
The crime rate in Fostoria is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 31 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Fostoria is 1 in 32. Based on FBI crime data, Fostoria is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Ohio, Fostoria has a crime rate that is higher than 88% of the state’s cities and towns of all sizes.