Cape Girardeau Police say violent crimes are down

Updated: Aug. 22, 2018 at 3:13 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Cape Girardeau Police Department says that crime is down 10 percent recently for violent crimes.

Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Rick Schmidt said Chief Wes Blair committed more efforts several years ago to be more aggressive on the streets to help responses and efforts towards thwarting violent crimes in the area.

"We've had extra patrols," Schmidt said. "We've had programs with other departments, whether we bring in their officers to Cape and we work in high crime areas."

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Schmidt said they have had a greater presence in the higher violent crime areas and said their efforts have paid off.

"Violent crimes, part one crimes are down 10.79%," Schmidt stated. "Which sounds good but that still means we still have violent crime going on and we would like to get a handle on it. In a perfect world, there would be no crime but it's not a perfect world. So we'll keep working."

Schmidt said while it's good to see the crime statistics improve, it still won't change their approach.

"It doesn't change what they do," Schmidt said. "I've talked about the crime stats for the better part of this week. It doesn't change what we do. Nothing will change just because the crime is down."

He also said the community involvement has increased as well and is a big part of solving and even preventing crimes.

"It's a huge part of it!" Schmidt stated. "We can't do it alone. We have to have community involvement. We've had a couple homicides lately where people have come forward and given us information which allowed us to solve that violent crime. Without folks calling us and working with us, we wouldn't have solved it. So yeah, it's a huge part."

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