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Springfield Crime Down in 2012
We're getting a closer look at some of the 2012 crime statistics from the capital city. While we did have two more murders than we did the year before, overall reported crime is down.
A report released by Springfield police shows crime rates dropped 5 percent in 2012, compared to 2011.
The biggest drops were in reported burglaries (214 fewer cases) and reported thefts (42 fewer cases).
Police believe there is a small contingent of people responsible for the majority of the incidents. They were able to take several burglars off the street.
"We keep track of who our most troublesome group of individuals are," Springfield Police Deputy Chief Cliff Buscher said. "We try to make sure if we get cases on them, we don't let them fall through the cracks. We're watching them. We're getting them over to the state's attorney's office. They're working with us. They're getting charges filed. We're getting these people put away."
The categories in which the capital city saw slight increases include robberies and murders, and a total of 10 homicides last year.
Click here for a complete check of 2012 crime statistics from the Springfield Police Department.