JOPLIN, MO.--- Most crime happens at night, especially overnight, according to national trends. When you break down those numbers by the type of crime or where they're happening, the picture can change. Joplin crime tracks a little earlier in the day than you might think.
Of the more than 400 crimes reported last month, the biggest number logs in between six and eight at night. Two to four in the afternoon is a close second. Officers point out those numbers can also change within each crime category or where in town they're taking place. For example, August crime was lowest in beat 401 on the southwest part of town, a big difference from numbers to the east.
"26% of our crime occurring in 301 and 24% of our crime occurring in beat 101. Those two beats kind of cover the Range Line corridor, which is a lot of our business district," said Lt. Matt Stewart, Joplin Police Department.
Nationally, more violent crime does happen overnight, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. than during the day. The trend flips for property crime, except for vehicle theft. 7 out of 10 of those cases are overnight.
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