SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Crime statistics

Monday, January 31, 2011 | 12:01 p.m. CST

Each week, the Missourian shows a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

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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.

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Corey Parks January 31, 2011 | 12:55 p.m.

Is this Show Me the Record subject a joke? I mean your not really telling anyone anything they don't already know. I remember back in the day a reporter would do the grunt work and put out stats and information so that the working man and women did not have to.

At least throw out a few tid bits of information.

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John Schultz January 31, 2011 | 1:23 p.m.

Gee Corey, skip over this boilerplate in a rush to write your rant?

"Each week, the Missourian shows a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives."

I would much rather know where to find the raw data than have a reporter interpret it for me, either incorrectly or with some inherent bias.

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