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During the third quarter of 2017, SPD reported an overall increase in crime by 5 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics from July through September 2016, and is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public Safety Report.
Crimes against persons (violent crime) increased by about 2 percent compared to the third quarter of 2016, while there was a 5 percent rise in crimes against property. There were notable rises in reported larcenies and vehicle thefts. Thefts of items from inside vehicles (included in larcenies) jumped by 30 percent in this quarter compared to the same quarter in 2016. These stolen items are often in plain sight and even unlocked vehicles, making the crime tempting and easily committed by the criminal. Vehicle thefts increased by 14 percent during the third quarter of 2017. This time last year is when the Department began to see the dramatic spike in vehicle thefts, which is why this year-to-year comparison is less drastic than shown in the first two quarters of the 2017. Vehicle theft reports include thefts of not just cars and trucks, but scooters, motorcycles, ATVs and golf carts as well.
The Quarterly Public Safety Report also features information about the Level Property Tax on the November 2017 ballot and how those tax dollars affect the SPD’s operations.
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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Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by: Chief Paul Williams
View past Quarterly Public Safety Reports.