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County crime rate still pretty low

Donna Gray

Garfield County is still a pretty safe place to live, at least according to crime statistics for 2004.However, burglary and vehicle break-ins were on the rise over 2003, said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario.”Crime is still pretty low in Garfield County, but we need to lock our doors and take the keys out of our cars,” he said.The most notable increase was in methamphetamine cases, Vallario said. Last year, meth and cocaine ran neck and neck. In 2004, meth outnumbered cocaine 4-to-1, Vallario said.”We are obviously focusing on the meth issue in the future, since the nationwide illegal drug usage trend is towards meth,” Vallario told county commissioners. “We also know that many crimes committed … are the result of methamphetamine usage.”Driving under the influence of alcohol continues to plague law enforcement and the driving public. “It is a never-ending enforcement issue,” Vallario said. Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.com


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