JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin police see a slight increase in crime in February, continuing a trend from the month before. Overall crime is up 2%, balancing an increase in property crime with a drop in violent crime. Assaults showed the biggest decrease within that trend. Meanwhile, property crime's biggest growth came in larceny and vandalism. Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts points out that burglaries are down by 13%.
"That's something I think everybody thinks about, it makes them feel secure, not secure in their home. I'm very pleased with the trends, the things that keep people safe - we are having success in those areas that put people at risk," said Lane Roberts, Joplin Police Chief.
Joplin officers will focus prevention efforts on those areas of increase, including theft from vehicles, vandalism and vehicle theft.
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