FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The third quarter of 2016 saw an overall increase in crime by 2 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of July through September 2015, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public Safety Report.
Crimes against persons decreased by 9 percent compared to the third quarter of last year, while property crime increased by about 4 percent. A drop in reported rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults contributed to the decrease in violent crime. The most notable statistic among crimes against property are the reports of auto theft which increased by 31 percent. Auto theft reports include thefts of even scooters, motorcycles, ATVs and golf carts in addition to traditional vehicles.
This report also features information about the Springfield Police Department’s focus on maintaining transparency with the community. Chief Paul Williams created the Chief’s Community Advisory Group in 2015 as just one way to boost that effort and to bridge any gaps with the minority community.
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 2016 (pdf).
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Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by: Chief Paul Williams