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SJPD Crime Report Reveals Numbers for 2013

The St. Joseph Police Department reported one murder in 2013. Other crimes stayed fairly consistent with 2012.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph Police Department's annual crime statistics report is now available.

The report tracks murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, auto theft, theft and arson.

Most crimes stayed consistent with the 2012 numbers, except for rape. That category lists 49 rape cases in 2013, compared to 16 the year before.

According to Kim Kempf, the YWCA's Victim Services Director, this number is a little deceiving because, she says, the department changed the way they classify rape.

"They broadened the definition to include, when the perpetrator and victim is the same gender, if there were drugs and alcohol involved and that sort of thing," Kempf said.

Despite this change in classification, Kempf said they have still seen an increase.

The YWCA works with Heartland's Emergency Room. The hospital contacts the YWCA when they have a rape victim. The number of calls for 2013 was 36, which is nearly double the 20 they had in 2012.

Kempf said the number could even be higher because some sexual assaults go unreported.

The report lists theft as the department's most common crime, with 3,231 in 2013 and 3,311 in 2012.

Local pawn shops are told to look for stolen items.

"We try to teach our employees body language and also just keep in mind there are things that come in that may be stolen," said American Gold Mine Pawn Shop co-owner Dennis Kovac.

Missouri law requires pawn shops to enter their items into a database to determine if something is stolen.

The Police Department reported one murder in 2013, which is one less than 2012.

Read the full report here.

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