GREENE COUNTY, Mo.– The Greene County Sheriff’s Office released its third-quarter crime statistics Tuesday showing an increase in some crimes and a decrease in others.
Crimes against persons from July to September increased by 2.63% compared for the same time period of 2015. This year saw an increase in rape and aggravated assault while robbery and simple assault cases decreased.
Crimes against property from July through September decreased 17.12% compared to 2015. There was a slight increase in burglaries and stolen vehicles, and a decrease of larceny/theft.
Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott credits the decrease in some crimes to citizens being aware.
“We have seen a decrease in reported thefts over the last few months which is GREAT news,” said Arnott. “We can credit a lot of this success to informing our citizens of the current crime trends happening in their area and our citizens taking the initiative to CALL 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activity. We have arrested several people from tips and phone calls, possibly preventing other crimes from occurring.”
The sheriff’s office offers these tips to stay safe over the holidays:
- Be aware of your surroundings – at the mall, out shopping, at the grocery store, in your neighborhood. Criminals seek out opportunities where people may be distracted or forgetful & unknowingly leave doors or windows unlocked or valuable items in view.
- As the weather becomes colder, do NOT leave your vehicle running unattended. We see an increase of stolen vehicles when people warm their vehicles in the morning & run back inside “for just a minute”. It takes less than one minute for a thief to drive away in your car.
- Be home to accept package deliveries or make plans to have them dropped off at an alternate location. A lot of online shopping sites offer “tracking” of your package to estimate when it will be delivered or have it delivered to your workplace or church where someone will physically be able to accept it