The Springfield Police Department provided city council with their third quarter Public Safety Report.
The report shows a 6% overall increase in crime during the third quarter of the year.
The individual statistics show that most crimes against persons were down; homicide down from 5 to 2 versus 2018; rape down 89 to 66; robbery down 73 to 70. Aggravated Assault was up from 446 to 469.
Crimes against property showed an overall 8% increase; while stolen vehicles were down 3 compared to 2018, burglary & larceny/theft showed significant increase.
The report says that over $617,000 worth of items were stolen from Springfield homes during the quarter.
The report talked about the police department’s “SPD in PE” program where officers work with students at Jarrett and Cherokee Middle Schools. The program, where officers interact in physical education classes with students to show them the kind of physical abilities you need to be a police officer, was birthed out of a desire to have the department engage with youth on “their own turf, at school.”
The Springfield PD is also asking residents in the report to not warm up their cars this winter and leave the cars unlocked because it makes them easy prey for thieves. The department recommends installing a remote start system or use spare keys to lock the car while running to warm up.
“I hope that positive interaction with youth and crime prevention tips will yield both long term and short term results,” Chief Williams told OI.SPD-Quarterly-Public-Safety-Report_3Q2019