Police: Crime down in Lee’s Summit in 2012

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. --  Lee's Summit Police say serious crimes are decreasing or staying even. 9-11 dispatchers in Lee's Summit also answered fewer calls from citizen's in 2012, according to the latest crime statistics. Police Chief Joe Piccinini says 2012 was a good year for the department.

"Murders, sex offenses, robberies, and arson's, all of those categories crime was down for the year," said Piccinini.

Crime stats numbers show 15  armed robberies reported in 2012, that's down from 18 in 2011. Sex offenses are also down, police responded to 50 in 2012, 80 the previous year and for the second year in a row, zero homicides.

"When we do experience a homicide here in town it is usually domestic violence related and domestic violence is very hard to predict," said Piccinini.

In 2012 the department began patrolling 10 districts. historically the Lee's Summit Police covered seven. Not all crime went down in 2012, aggravated assaults and business burglaries increased.

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