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Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report
During the fourth quarter of 2016, SPD reported an overall increase in crime by 18 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics from October through December 2015, and is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public Safety Report.
Crimes against persons (violent crime) actually decreased by 7 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, due to fewer reported rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults – however, this was offset by the fact that property crime increased by about 22 percent. While reported burglaries and larcenies increased, the most notable statistic among crimes against property is vehicle theft, which doubled during the fourth quarter of 2016. Vehicle theft reports include thefts of not just cars and trucks, but scooters, motorcycles, ATVs and golf carts as well.
This report also features information about the Springfield Police Department’s commitment to improving police response to those affected by mental illness. The department recently joined the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s One Mind Campaign.
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.
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View the report.
View all Quarterly Public Safety Reports.
Media Contact: Lt. Grant Dorrell
Release authorized by: Chief Paul Williams