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New Hampshire

August 23, 2013

Southern N.H. police report more crime

Many suspects motivated by drug abuse

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He credited his officers with being proactive and arresting suspects before they commit more serious crimes.

In Londonderry, police Chief William Hart said his department is seeing a general rise in crime this year. No statistics were available.

“Our numbers are up,” he said. “We are seeing an increase in burglaries and thefts, which is really different than what we have seen in the last five or six years. I do think the burglaries are drug related.”

Plaistow police also are reporting more arrests this year. The department arrested 274 adults through June 30, compared to 225 for that same period last year. That included 13 burglary arrests and 136 on theft and robbery charges.

Pelham police Sgt. Michael Pickles said thefts from motor vehicles and heroin use are problems in his town. There have been about a dozen thefts this summer, he said.

“What I’ve seen is heroin is up and it seems to be in direct correlation with that,” he said. “The use of heroin has kind of exploded.”

In Windham, police Capt. Michael Caron said his department is also seeing more thefts.

“We’ve had a few more burglaries,” he said. “I think we’re seeing more drug-related (crimes). Unfortunately, there are a lot more drugs out there.”

Windham had made 200 arrests this year as of yesterday, compared to 313 in 2012, he said.

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