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The records: Crime statistics for the state of Missouri, broken down by county, locality and college campus, for the past 10 years. Crimes can by viewed by type, such as homicide, arson or domestic violence, and for a particular month or year. Selecting "offense totals" as the report type gives you a rundown of the number of all types of crime. Since 2001, state law requires each Missouri law enforcement agency to report its crime statistics to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which posts the records online.
Why you'd want them: Know how prevalent certain crimes are for MU, Columbia and Boone County, and how they compare to the amount of crime in other years or crime in different parts of the state.
Where you get the records: The Uniform Crime Reporting statistical analysis can be found on the Missouri State Highway Patrol's website. Enter the time period, type of crime, area and document format for your search.
How much it will cost: The information is free.