Crime in Laclede County is down nearly 10% in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same time frame in 2017 (January through April). The decrease in overall crime is driven by a 30% decline in burglaries, and a 30% decline in aggravated assaults. Stealing offenses in Laclede County are down just over 9% in the first quarter of the year according to the Missouri Uniform Crime Report. Auto thefts were up from 20 incidents to 34 vehicle thefts in the first quarter of 2018, and the number of rapes reported was up from four to five.

“We are happy with the overall numbers in the first quarter of the year; however, it is only the first quarter of the year, and we have to stay on top of our crime issues,” said Sheriff David Millsap. The drop in crime during the first quarter of 2018 follows a nearly 8% decline in overall crime in 2017.

“I believe the decrease in overall property crime, just over 8%, can be contributed to the success of our community watch programs, and our business check program at night. In addition I don’t want to overlook the hard work of our personnel, they are working hard to deter and investigate crime in our community every day,” Millsap said.

The Sheriff’s Office has worked with community members to establish community watch programs in Eldridge, Sleeper, Sassafras Road, Nebo/Falcon, and partnered with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office to establish a community watch program in the Stoutland area. “In addition to those areas, Phillipsburg is getting on board with community watch, and we are working with the Conway Betterment Association to establish community watch in the Conway area. We are excited about Phillipsburg and Conway being a part of our community watch program,” the Sheriff added.

Communities or neighborhoods wanting to start a community watch program may contact the Sheriff’s Office at 532-2311.