Saginaw police release crime statistics for 2017 - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw police release crime statistics for 2017

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Another year is in the books and some local cities announced the crime statistics for the year.

Saginaw police announced a 3 percent overall drop in crime last year compared to 2016.

Unfortunately, heroin use went up. Last year there were 32 overdoses and 18 people had to be revived with Narcan.

"There is a very valid link between crime and heroin," Police Chief Robert Ruth said.

He said they will be trying new strategies in 2018 to try and reduce heroin overdoses and the crimes tied to the epidemic.

"We're hoping that we'll decrease the crime numbers even further for us next year and make Saginaw an even safer place to live," Ruth said.

Police did say cocaine use was down in 2017.

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