During the fourth quarter of 2017, SPD reported an overall decrease in crime by 15 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics from October through December 2016, and is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public Safety Report.

Crimes against persons (violent crime) increased by about 8 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, while there was an 18 percent decrease in crimes against property.

Chief Paul Williams comments on the notable drops in reported larcenies and vehicle thefts.

“The fourth quarter of 2016 was when we began seeing significant spikes in these crimes. For instance, reports of shoplifting and thefts of property inside motor vehicles were 44 percent higher in November 2016 than in November 2017. The numbers shown in the fourth quarter of 2017 reflect what can be considered within more of a normal range for what we typically see in Springfield,” said Williams. “We do not want these decreases to cause citizens to let their guard down. It is just as important as ever to keep your property locked up.”

The Quarterly Public Safety Report also features information about the pedestrian safety ordinance that went into effect in December 2017. SPD immediately began educating pedestrians and motorists of the new ordinance, and in January, the Department began enforcement.

The SPD began publishing the Quarterly Public Safety Report in October 2013 to increase awareness about public safety issues in the community. In addition to providing crime statistics, the report provides information on innovative programs and highlights of crime prevention strategies.

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Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by: Chief Paul Williams