Springfield police speak about the impact of abandoned buildings

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Attorney General Eric Schmitt has said that abandoned buildings are boosting crime but Springfield police say this isn’t news to them.

Officer Mark Priebe with the Springfield police crime prevention gave some examples of what goes on in the abandoned properties.

“It can be anything where they’re trespassing to use the property to stay overnight or stay for a period of time cause it’s abandoned with some of our transient folks to drug issues too,” Says Priebe. “They use those as places where they take things if they’re committing burglaries or car break-ins and stuff so there’s a large range of things that could be connected to those”

He says these crimes have been going on for years and the way to limit crime on abandoned properties is by reporting it.

“A lot of it comes down to reporting. If we don’t know about them or the city doesn’t know about them then we cant deal with them”

The city itself is trying to combat this issue by placing restrictions on nuisance properties like limiting how tall your grass can get.

To report suspicion of crime happening on an abandoned property, call 417-864-1010 or call 911 if it is an emergency.

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