Crime is down… significantly… so far this year, compared to the first half of 2012.
Crime stats released by Springfield police show a 24% drop in overall crime in the first six months of the year.
A lot of that decrease came in the property crime categories, like burglary and theft.
Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher says some of the credit goes to a reorganization of police department resources, to use officers more efficiently and effectively.
But he also notes that one big crime category last year… copper thefts… is down significantly this year because of a steep drop in the prices thieves can get for the scrap metal.