SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The number of sexual assaults and rapes reported in Springfield significantly increased in 2017 according to a new report from the Springfield Police Department.
Police say last year, reported sexual assaults saw a 19 percent increase over 2016.
Another significant increase was due to stolen vehicles 321 more vehicles were reported stolen in 2017 than in 2016.
The department released their annual Uniform Crime Report Monday.
The department also tweeted out this infographic:
Our 2017 crime reporting through the #UniformCrimeReport has been completed, and the year-end data shows an overall increase in Part 1 crime in #SGF of 4 percent, compared to an 8 percent increase in 2016. More: https://t.co/gfRyspjPNk pic.twitter.com/mx5tbLaIaK— Springfield PD (@SGFPolice) January 29, 2018
The rate of crimes against persons overall was nearly the same as 2016.
A recent analysis of the last three months of 2017 showed 91 percent of reported rapes were committed either during a domestic assault or by a suspect known to the victim.
Police Chief Paul Williams says an extensive review of each and every rape report from 2017 is currently underway to determine if those trends carried throughout the year, or if any other trends can be identified.
On a positive note, aggravated assaults dropped by just under 1 percent, and robberies dropped by nearly 11 percent.
However, the total number of property crimes rose by 5 percent in 2017.