FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 7, 2020
SPD Releases Quarterly Report Warning Against Scams
The Springfield Police Department released its fourth-quarter Quarterly Public Safety Report (QPSR) this week. This issue includes tips to help prevent citizens from falling victim to scam calls and internet crimes. In 2019 SPD took nearly 1,000 reports of Internet crimes and U.S.-wide, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received 3.2 million reports.
“We don’t want to see the citizens of Springfield fall prey to scams and we hope that with a few simple tips, we can safeguard them from losing money or becoming a victim of identity theft,” said Police Chief Paul Williams.
This quarter also features information about Missouri’s Move Over Law. requiring drivers to change lanes to give safe clearance to stationary emergency vehicles. Motor vehicle-related incidents are a leading cause of line-of-duty deaths for law enforcement officers in the United States.
During the fourth quarter of 2019 crimes against persons (violent crime) increased by 10 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 and property crime increased by 28 percent during the same timeframe. Find the full report here.
Media Contact: Jasmine Bailey, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by Chief Paul Williams