It’s time for a new strategy to address crime in Missouri. With the release of the Missouri Chamber Foundation’s Safer Missouri, Stronger Missouri report, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is establishing a new business-led, statewide approach to reducing crime.
“Crime is hurting Missouri’s economy. It’s impacting businesses large and small in communities of all sizes. It’s hurting our ability to attract business investment. In some cases, crime is driving jobs out of the state,” said Daniel P. Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Businesses are united. This is a crisis that must be addressed now. We know that many problems need to be handled locally, but statewide policy must be deployed as well.”
According to the new report, Missouri is a top 10 state for a host of undesirable crime measures. The Missouri Chamber Foundation spent months consulting with business leaders, public safety experts and community organizers on the creation of the plan, which includes dozens of policy measures that have been proven to reduce crime in other states.