Crime rates in Jefferson City down compared to 2016

3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago Thursday, December 28 2017 Dec 28, 2017 Thursday, December 28, 2017 2:34:00 PM CST December 28, 2017 in News
By: Olivia Gerling, KOMU 8 News Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY – 2017 crime rates in Jefferson City are down in comparison to 2016.

According to Captain Doug Shoemaker, the total amount of crime as of December 28 is lower in the city than that date last year.

He said crimes of passion, such as murders, are difficult to prevent due to their unpredictability. However, crimes such as theft and burglary are more preventable.

“Our job is to look at those trends and say ‘How do we think that we may have our little part in lowering some of those rates of crimes that might possibly be more preventable?’” he said.

Jefferson City City Council Ward 3 member Erin Wiseman said getting grants are one of the largest ways the council tries to help lower crime.

“The police department submits different items and requests maybe for additional staff or resources or training and we do what to can to support them in the best way possible,” she said. 

Despite help from the city council, Shoemaker said he does not want the police department to take credit for crime rates being down this year.

“When crime goes up it’s not necessarily because of something we’re doing or not doing,” he said. “When crime goes down, it may also not be related to something that we’re doing or not doing.”

One of the main reasons Shoemaker believes the crime has been down this year is due to the increased push for neighborhood watch groups.

“We always have ‘National Night Out’ and we have a crime prevention section within our community action team that really tries to encourage neighbors to get to know one another and go out and talk to them as to how to make their homes a harder target for criminals,” he said. “We all know that within communities criminals will take advantage of the areas where they can be most effective and have the least resistance to do that, so if a potential burglar comes up on a residence and sees people watching and paying attention or they see alarm systems or notifications, they’re probably going to go somewhere else more often than not to those areas that may not have that luxury.”

Larceny was the number one type of crime seen in Jefferson City this year.

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