Crime in most categories is on the way down in Alton, but certain categories have the city's police chief concerned. Theft numbers for 2015 were up 11% as compared to 2014, while robbery was up 7%, and burglary was up 19%. Sex offenses were up 63%.
Alton Police Chief Jason Simmons tells The Big Z much of the property crime is related to drug addicts stealing to support their habit.
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Simmons says he is a firm believer in the link between drugs and crime, He says another person has been brought into the drug unit to try and combat the problem. Simmons also asks for the public's help in fighting crime, saying if you see something suspicious, call it in.