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By Andrew Lightman
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct 22, 2008 @ 05:45 AM
Last update Oct 22, 2008 @ 05:58 AM

A tough economy and stagnant job market have led to more shoplifting, burglaries and thefts, some South Shore police officials are saying.
A month after the FBI released data that showed property crime on the South Shore rose in 2007, a recent spike in arrests shows the trend has not slowed.
Since September, at least nine arrests have been made in Rockland, following reports of break-ins or robberies, including the arrest of one man who was charged with larceny in Hanover only eight days later.
Two Braintree teenagers, ages 13 and 14, and a 13-year-old Holbrook resident, were all charged with breaking into a Central Street apartment on Saturday.
Meanwhile, on Friday, Milton police arrested three men who had just broken into a Franklin Street home, and on Oct. 6, Randolph police arrested two men who were caught breaking into a house while the resident was still home.
All these arrests come following the release of the FBI's 2007 Uniform Crime Report last month, which reveled that property crime, including burglaries, thefts and break-ins, is up on the South Shore. At the time, several area police chiefs attributed the rise to drug use and the struggle to find money in this tough economy.
While the trend has not been felt in all communities - Weymouth police said they have not noticed an increase - some towns have again attributed the spike to drug use and the economy.
Hanover police Lt. Robert Heywood said Hanover's increase in property crime this year comes as no surprise. The town had a rash of home break-ins earlier this year, and police have gotten reports that burglars are taking copper and aluminum from construction sites, to sell as scrap metal.
"I base it on the economy," Heywood said. "Money is tight right now, and people get it any way they can."

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Just the right time to cut the number of officers on streets via loss of details, cutting the state police budget and reducing local aid! Good job, Deval!
 

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Theres no doubt that the crime rate is going to soar....then the public will be crying about the Cops arnt doing their job..
 
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