Springfield ranked 10th nationally in car theft. Chief says next year will be different

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Springfield landed on another online, nationwide crime list recently. And while Police Chief Paul Williams has criticized other online lists – including one that concluded Springfield was America’s 11th-most dangerous city – he says this one has a point.

The Queen City of the Ozarks and its metro area was recently ranked 10th nationally for most stolen cars per capita in 2017 by an advocacy group.

Car theft in Springfield in 2016 and 2017 was “through the roof,” Williams said, but the city has seen a drop in car theft through the first half of 2018.

“I’m attributing that to our education campaign,” Williams said. “We won’t be on that list next year. We are trending in the right direction.”

Williams said Springfield residents appear to be making it harder for thieves to steal cars by not leaving their cars running unattended and not leaving their keys inside.

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