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Columbia Police Department Releases Winter Burglary Results

On February 1, the Columbia Police Department released its crime statistics for the Christmas and winter break burglaries. The winter break period is from Dec. 18, 2015 through Jan. 19, 2016. During this time, 63 burglaries took place in Columbia. These are classified as 49 residential, 10 commerical and 4 other break-ins.) Of the 63 burglaries this year, 24 were forced entry, 36 were unforced entry and three were no entry.

While the Christmas break burglaries were lower than before 2009, the overall total of burglaries for 2015 were the highest Columbia has seen in several years.

The burglary Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) for Columbia indicate the statistics are increasing for the entire year. The numbers include:

2015      839
2014      750
2013      703
2012      784
2011      798
2010     552
2009    692

According to Officer Latisha Stroer, public information officer for the Columbia Police Dept., crime can be reduced by locking doors, windows and cars with garage door openers left in them.

The Columbia Police Department provides Uniform Crime Reporting data to the Missouri State Highway Patroland FBI on a monthly basis. For additional crime statistics in different categories, go to