A recent study named Springfield as the 2nd most dangerous city in the state, with a higher-than-average poverty rate, cited as a leading factor. The study found that the city has seen an increase in assaults, burglaries, thefts, and a high amount of auto thefts.
Crime has become an issue in all corners of the city, leaving residents to feel unsafe in their own neighborhoods with numerous reports of break-ins, thefts, and violent crimes. Many residents are looking to city officials to act, and have called for increased police presence and more resources to be allocated to combating crime.
There is also concern about the recent Safe T Act, which could further increase crime if ruled constitutional. The proposed legislation would significantly reduce penalties for various offenses, including theft and drug possession.