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April 3, 2013

Plaistow police are stopping many more drivers

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“The more traffic enforcement you do, the more things you are going to find.” Jones said. “It is going to increase everything such as warrant arrests and operating after license suspension arrests. DWI arrests go right along with that.”

Police have issued 107 traffic citations, more than double the 48 issued at the same point last year. Total arrests are at 168 this year, up from 142 last year.

While traffic stops are up, burglaries are down. Only four have been reported so far this year, compared to 13 last year.

“Those are impacted because of the visibility of the officers,” Jones said. “If you are thinking of making a burglary or theft and are targeting a location, hopefully our visibility will be prohibitive to that. We want people thinking, not in Plaistow, there’s cops everywhere.”

Thefts and robberies are also down to 74, after 90 at this point last year.

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