Crime stats for the first six months of the year are out. Springfield is more crime-ridden than it was in 2006.
The police chief likes to blame the increase on "thugs and drugs." Is that too simplistic an answer?
•Crimes against persons up 16.3 percent.
•Robberies jumped 55 percent (from 106 to 164).
•Crimes against property up almost 12 percent.
•Total crimes up 12.6 percent.
Auto thefts remain on the increase -- up 37.3 percent for the first six months of this year, as compared to the same period in 2006. Meanwhile, the solve rate for auto thefts is down; fewer than one in five vehicle thefts is cleared by cops.