Crime Drops in Greene Co. In Third Quarter of 2016

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–The Greene County Sheriff’s Office released the agency’s latest crime data Thursday, and the report holds some good news for deputies and residents.

The third quarter numbers show a 12 percent drop in crime from the same period in 2015, and crime through the first nine months of 2016 is down about seven percent from the first nine months of last year.

From the computers in their patrol cars, deputies get all kinds of information about who and what to look for in rural areas and in neighborhoods.

Corporal Cathy Ussery told KOLR10 News they could not do their job without residents’ help.

“A lot of it has to do with the partnerships that we have with our community, the education, going out there and talking to citizens, holding our community advisory meetings, involving neighborhood watch programs, and just being more proactive in our patrols as well,” Ussery said.

Property crime has always been a major area of concern in Greene County.

In the third quarter, it was down 17 percent from the same period last year, furthering an improvement made in the second quarter of this year, when it dropped 12 percent compared to last year.

“In the times of vehicle thefts they’ve [residents] been reporting suspicious behavior, which has been very instrumental in us making arrests, getting these criminals off the streets, closing that window of opportunity,” Ussery said.

That window of opportunity is something residents will hear Ussery talk about often.

“Whether it’s through an open garage door, an unlocked vehicle, packages that are left on porches, that’s what we’re seeing in these types of events,” Ussery said.

Whether it is a recent sales tax increasing the ability to hire personnel, advances in technology or updated equipment, Ussery said it all helps deputies receive better training and actively address crime trends.

Ussery asks residents to be careful about leaving vehicles unattended with cold weather approaching and to be aware of their surroundings with the holiday shopping season approaching.

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