FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The third quarter of 2015 saw an overall increase in crime by 3 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of July through September 2014, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public Safety Report.
Crimes against persons increased by 21 percent compared to the third quarter of last year, while property crime increased by slightly less than 1 percent. The 21 percent increase in the reported violent crimes are attributed to larger numbers of reported rapes (62 to 104 incidents) and aggravated assaults during this quarter (from 362 to 428 incidents).
This report also features information about the Springfield Police Department’s 2012 formation of the Family Violence Task Force which has been working for three years to raise community awareness of domestic violence and the overall effect this issue has on the quality of life, businesses, education and civic reputation. The task force hosted its third annual Stop the Violence conference on Oct. 29 where nearly 500 people attended from around the region.
The SPD began publishing the Quarterly Public Safety Report in October 2013 to increase awareness about public safety issues in the community. In addition to providing crime statistics, the report provides information on innovative programs and highlights of crime prevention strategies.
Quarterly Public Safety Report - 3rd Quarter 2015 (pdf).
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Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by: Chief Paul Williams