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Town sees increase in police calls

February 07, 2007

SMITHSBURG - Increases in the number of reported thefts, property destruction and vandalism incidents, assaults and other complaints led to a jump of more than 50 percent in police calls in one year, according to figures provided by Smithsburg Police Chief Michael Potter.

The Smithsburg Police Department responded to 3,246 calls in 2006 and 2,066 calls in 2005, police department figures show.

Town Council on Tuesday approved returning to a 10-hour-per-day schedule for police officers. Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said the town had experimented with an 8-hour schedule. The new schedule includes later police coverage for Friday and Saturday nights, she said.

In his report to Town Council, Potter said he attributed much of the increase to population growth. The largest increases in incidents include property damage and other non-violent crimes, but Potter said drugs are becoming more of a problem.

"We've seen a spike in that, going into the harder drugs, as opposed to just marijuana," Potter said.

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