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Following the national trend, the Sedalia Police Department saw a 9.44 percent decrease in the number of crimes reported in 2009.

According to the departmentís 2009 annual report, assaults, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts, arsons, thefts and sexual battery reports decreased since 2008.

In 2008, 2,108 crimes were reported in Sedalia and by 2009 the number dropped by 199 crimes to total 1,909.

The department responded to 28,928 incidents last year and in addition, detectives with the Criminal Investigations Bureau investigated 500 crimes against people and property.

The only numbers that did not decrease last year were homicides, two were reported and robberies stayed the same at 24 reported.

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