JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin police are seeing the flip side of a national trend in robberies. Nationally, the U.S. had more than 341,000 robberies reported last year - an increase over numbers from 2011. But that's not the case in Joplin where there have been 40 cases reported in the first nine months of the year, a drop of more than 20% from 2012. That category is representative of all violent crime in Joplin - another double digit drop in 2013.
"Our violent crime is down 16 percent, so we are enjoying that, and that is a good thing that it's down. The violent crime is one that really grabs the attention of our community," said Lt. Matt Stewart, Joplin Police Department.
In fact, each individual category is down, including rape, murder, and assault, a total of 393 cases through September.
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