SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Compared to this time in 2017, total crime is down more than 20%, vehicle thefts are down 28% and robberies are down 25%.
Chief Paul Williams made it clear that his staff cannot take all the credit.
That simple things such as people not leaving their keys or valuables in the car has made a difference.
Williams says, “That’s a really simple thing that I cannot do anything about it, but you can as the person’s that driving that car so educating the public can keep you from becoming a victim by doing some simple things.”
Around this time last year, about 220 cars were stolen. This year that number is at about 130.
There are also about 150 fewer burglaries and thefts.
Chief Williams says working with stores like Kum and Go in requiring people to pre-pay for gas cuts back on larceny.
Police have also worked with Walmart in decreasing the number of thefts.
Williams also says, “The supercenters in town are kind of a hotbed for activity in general, but a lot more crime then would be normal in one location. Work with them to identify frequent offenders, but also work with them to do some preventative measures, which they have now put in place to keep crime from occurring.”
Aggravated assault is the only major crime where the numbers have actually gone up with a 2% increase.