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Rutland police: Crime rates drop, city cites drug treatment

January 14, 2019

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Police in the Vermont city of Rutland say statistics show an across-the-board drop in crimes across the city.

Rutland Police Chief Brian Kilcullen says the statistics showed a decline in certain crimes between 2017 and 2018 and they also show a downward trend over five years. The Rutland Herald reports he is theorizing an increase in addiction treatment availability could be credited for a drop in crime.

Kilcullen says “cash-ready” crimes, where property is stolen and traded for cash to support addiction quickly, decreased as treatment capacity increased.

Mayor David Allaire said the statistics were discussed Tuesday, and says the credited the changes to work done by police, social service agencies and city government.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/