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Joplin Sees Decrease in Violent Crime in January

JOPLIN, Mo.-- Violent crime drops in Joplin, while property crime sees a slight increase. There were 359 crimes reported in Joplin last month.
JOPLIN, Mo.-- Violent crime drops in Joplin, while property crime sees a slight increase. There were 359 crimes reported in Joplin last month.

That includes a 19% decrease in violent crime from January of last year, but a 2% increase in property crimes. Together, that means crime rates are flat.

The increases Joplin police saw came primarily from vandalism and theft from vehicles. Both categories have seen persistent increases, leading to a focus in prevention efforts through the monthly impact report.

"Predominantly thefts from vehicles occurring on south Range Line's hotel district. This year, that was one of our impact focuses and we saw only three. So that seems to be working," said Lane Roberts, Joplin Police Chief.

There were 60 cases of theft from vehicles reported last month, nine more than in January 2013.

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