MEDFORD, Ore. — Serious crimes in the City of Medford are on the rise. Officers say assaults and burglaries are up more than 20% from the same time last year.
They say even before the holiday season it was at a historical high. Police are noticing this uptick linked with increased drug offenses.
“Unfortunately some of those on the rise are heroin and oxycotin or oxycodine use. We’re seeing a younger crowd getting into those type of drugs,” Curtis Whipple, with the Medford Police Department, “And unfortunately when you deal with younger crowds dealing drugs, assaults those behaviors go hand in hand.”
Officers are expecting an increase in thefts as Christmas approaches.