JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin sees a slight increase in crime, even while violent crime like robbery and assault remains below 2012 levels. The City of Joplin is a couple of dozen cases ahead of this time last year- and most of those reports are either stolen vehicles or things taken out of vehicles. Electronics continue to top the list of the things most stolen. More and more smaller vehicles are being targeted. That includes motorcycles, scooters and trailers - which make up 44% of the vehicle theft numbers in October.
Joplin Police Lieutenant Matt Stewart adds those vehicles, especially trailers, can be attractive to thieves if not properly secured. "They are an easier target. You know, a lot of people don't think about a trailer maybe being that big of a target, but if you're not taking steps to protect that trailer, it's something that's very easily taken. Somebody can just back up a pickup, hook onto it and they're gone."
October vehicle thefts happened most often on a Tuesday and were most likely to take place between six and eight at night.
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