Springfield Police: Crime Rose 3 Percent in 2013

By KOLR10 News

Published 01/31 2014 12:48PM

Updated 02/01 2014 09:49AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Overall crime in the city of Springfield is up slightly for 2013, compared to the year before, according to the city's Uniform Crime Report, issued Friday.

The biggest increase comes from the FBI's modified definition of rape.

"We actually saw that coming, we expected a 100 percent increase just because with that definition change, it opens up the classification to many sexual assaults that would not have been in there before," Public Information Office Lisa Cox said.

Domestic violence incidents are a big concern for investigators. Cox said detectives are working to make sure those crimes, and rape cases, get reported by victims.

"We could actually see numbers go up, because we do want people to report this more often, but at the same time we want this to not happen,"

Home invasions were also up -- by 66 percent, according to the report.

"Last year it turned out majority of those were drug-related," Cox said.

Homicide numbers were down from 16 to 12 -- only two of those cases remain open.

"Those two offenses that were not cleared last year could be cleared this year."

Another big concern: car theft. Detectives call many of those cases preventable crimes, since a large percentage of the incidents involved keys that were left in the car, or even the ignition.

"People just think it's not going to happen to them," Cox said.

“Despite the increases shown in the report, Springfield remains a safe place to live, work, and play,” Police Chief Paul Williams said in a prepared statement. “By working together, our Department and the community are reducing the fear of crime and the occurrence of crime and improving the quality of life in neighborhoods citywide.”

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