Top crimes in the Tri-Cities

Tri-Cities, Neb. (KSNB) - Reducing crime is every officer's goal and in the Tri-Cities our officers are working to do just that. Theft is the top crime.

One man, James Moore, is a victim of theft who has spent thousands of dollars to replace stolen items.

Moore has owned his company Moore Drywall for about 25 years and on and off for ten years one of his workers was stealing from him.

"Set me back when people steal stuff it's not like I have another set of tools in the back seat of the car or anything, Moore said.

He adds he only received about $1200 worth of items back.

Moore even had one of his pickups stolen by another worker.

Theft not only affects businesses, but also individuals.

In Hastings theft from vehicles is number one, but it's also a problem in Grand Island and Kearney

Most thefts happen from car doors being unlocked and anything of value can be taken.

In most cases, these crimes can be prevented.

"Taking the opportunity or the target away from the criminal," Captain Mike Kirkwood with the Kearney Police Department said. "You either lock the cars, if you do have to leave valuables in the car put them in the trunk and if you don't have a trunk, put them in the house, wherever you are going."

Shoplifting is number one in Grand Island and Kearney.

"If you look at items in the store, a lot of high-end items are kept under lock and key or there are some safe guards, so a lot of the things that are shoplifted are those things that are a little more easily accessible," Capt. Jim Duering with the Grand Island Police Department said. "One of the reasons I think shoplifting gets reported a lot, is because our local retailers make it a point to put people in the stores to try to catch shoplifters."

Vandalism and drugs are other crimes that impact the Tri-Cities and from a police perspective, some of the crimes, not all, can be connected.

"Drug crimes fuel the thefts," Hessler said. "Drugs are expensive and people needs some kind of currency to obtain those drugs." "Drugs have the ability to change people behaviors and some people get violent and that leads to assaults," he added.

Police are working hard to reduce crime.

Officers are also looking into designing and constructing buildings differently in the future.

"Environmental design of neighborhoods, homes and retailers that can do away with some of the property crimes or prevent opportunistic crimes are one of the things that we would like to get involved in," Duering said. "With violent crimes, just looking at motivating factors, community interaction and some of those things."

Officials want to remind people to report any crime or suspicious activity they may see to local law enforcement.