- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Police in Burlington are reporting that the number of robberies in the city has increased over recent years.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/2g2WHWj ) police say robberies are up by 40 percent, with data showing that robberies rose from 22 in 2014 to 38 in 2015. There have been 22 robberies reported this year.

An analysis of FBI data done by 24/7 Wall Street found the state’s violent crime rate to be 118 incidents per 100,000 residents.

Police Chief Brandon del Pozo attributed the rise to heroin use and the opiate crisis, saying many of the robberies are drug-related.

The newspaper reports calls for service in response to overdoses rose from 38 to 76 between 2014 and 2015. Police have received 68 calls about an overdose this year.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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