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Drugs continue to be the motivating factor in the increase of property and violent crimes in the city, Galax Police Chief Rick Clark told Galax City Council on Feb. 13.
During 2011, the Galax Police Department recorded 1,375 crimes, compared to 1,242 in 2010 — a 10.7 percent increase.
“Many are using burglary to feed their drug habit,” said Clark.
The police department recorded 18,951 calls for service last year — an 18.7 percent increase from 15,965 in 2010.
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