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Wyoming Police stepping up patrols after spike in crime

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Posted at 3:24 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 15:24:32-04

WYOMING, Mich. — The Wyoming Department of Public Safety is increasing patrols to combat rising crime in the community.

“We’re seeing an increase in shots fired calls, increase in commercial burglaries, and an increase in stolen cars,” Captain James Maguffee said.

Shots fired and business burglaries are nearly twice as high as they were in summer 2019.

The number of stolen cars in the community has nearly tripled since last summer.

“We’ve just decided the best course of action is to put out some extra patrols, and try to take it head-on by being highly visible,” Maguffee said.

Wyoming Police say they've also been in talks with lots of business owners. Police advise leaving lights on at businesses, as well as taking any valuables, such as keys, home to deter criminals.

Several business owners told FOX 17 they're fed up since the recent break-ins just end up causing thousands of dollars in damage. While thieves are no longer stealing their cars or property, the attempts to do so are causing big financial strain as businesses clean up the mess of smashed glass and busted doors.