Springfield Crime Rate Jumps 16% in First Quarter

9 years 4 months 1 week ago May 22, 2007 May 22, 2007 Tuesday, May 22 2007 Tuesday, May 22, 2007 6:34:06 AM CDT in News
Source: (Copyright 2007 The Associated Press All Rights Reserved.)
SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Springfield police report that serious crime jumped 16% in the first three months of this year. Police Chief Lynn Rowe says the increase is alarming. Major increases were in car thefts, which nearly doubled, and robberies, which increased more than 40%. There were no murder or manslaughter cases in the quarter and the number of forcible rapes declined by three cases to 18. The crime rate last year was up more than four percent from 2005. Springfield is the state's third-largest city, with a population of about 150,000. Rowe says some of the crime is related to increased gang activity.

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