Violent Crime Down, Vehicle Thefts Up in New Crime Report

Published 06/19 2014 10:01AM

Updated 06/19 2014 10:54PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) New crime numbers released by the St. Joseph Police Department show violent crime is down.

Overall, crime was down 3 percent compared to last year.

Violent crime dropped 10 percent and aggravated assault was down 6 percent.

However, police are investigating more vehicle thefts.

Compared to 2013, vehicle thefts are up 40 percent.

Police offer these tips to help prevent your car from being stolen:

- Lock your car and remove your keys
- Don't hide spare keys on the vehicle
- Park in well-lighted areas
- Call police if you see someone prowling around a parking lot

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