Downtown Concierge

Downtown Matters: Prosecuting Criminal Trespassing


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Downtown Columbus

In response to increased reports of criminal trespassing at downtown properties, Capital Crossroads and Discovery SIDs hosted a Criminal Trespassing Discussion and Training at Franklin University on April 13. Robert Tobias, Director of the Prosecution Resources Unit at the Columbus City Attorney’s Office led a 90-minute presentation and discussion to more than 50 property representatives and security managers in attendance. 

Lisa Defendiefer, Deputy Director of Operations and Advocacy for Capital Crossroads and Discovery SID, had heard from a number of security and property managers that though they had problems with trespassers on their properties, very few filed charges against the offenders. Various reasons for this decision were given, including not knowing the identity of the trespasser, not knowing the process by which to file charges, not knowing how much time it would take to file charges, and being unsure whether they would be required to appear in court.

“All of their concerns were valid,” explained Defendiefer. “But Mr. Tobias was able to allay their concerns by outlining how to file charges efficiently and effectively.”

If you were unable to attend the session but are interested in more information on this topic, please contact Ms. Defendiefer at 614.645.5064 or