increasing in Smithfield as economy worsens
April 15, 2009 | SMITHFIELD -- Crime is increasing
as a result of the bad economy, said Corporal Travis
Allen of the Smithfield Police Department,
Burglary, fraud and domestic dispute are becoming
more frequent but the worst is yet to come, Allen said
in an interview Tuesday. "I think once we get hit with
a full-blown recession it'll get worse."
Allen said domestic disputes have increased because
people are stressed from worry of losing their jobs
or that people are struggling to put food on the table.
"It all ties back to finances," Allen said.
Allen said that people will do whatever they have
to in order to feed their families. So when people don't
have enough money, they steal he said.
Prescription drugs, jewelery and cash are the most
common items that are stolen from homes said Allen.
He also said that adults tend to be the ones stealing
from homes and that teenagers are usually the ones stealing
The SPD received 1,331 crime calls by April 29 said
Allen. Allen also said that so far this month, they've
eclipsed that number. In January, 12 domestic disputes
were reported. In February that number went up to 14.
In the month of March there were 44.
Allen said that the economy isn't the only reason
for the rise in crime. "Crime is always on the rise,"
he said. Allen believes much of it is due to the rise
in population. "More people equals more crime," he said.