Tiffin, OH. Drug Addicts At Wal-Mart Draining Small City Police Resources
The city of Tiffin, Ohio (pop 18,000) has a Wal-Mart problem.
“It is a problem, it has always been a problem with the big box stores,” Tiffin Police Department Chief Fred Stevens told the Advertiser-Tribune newspaper. “It’s not an anomaly to the city of Tiffin … At any place you have a lot of people congregating, you’re going to have a lot of calls.”
Police calls from Wal-Mart in 2016 totaled 231 calls. And the giant retailer is on track to generate another 240 calls this year. Like many of police chiefs across America, Chief Stevens says Wal-Mart is taxing his limiting resources. “That’s a lot of resources and time,” he said. “Arrest times, reports, charges, all that sucks up a lot of the resources for a police department that is handling hundreds of calls a year.”
Stevens believes a lot of the stealing at Wal-Mart are drug related. Addicts steal items, and take them back later for cash, or will sell them on the street.
Wal-Mart admitted to the newspapers that crime rates are a problem. But the retailer’s crime numbers are so high, they generate negative news stories in small towns like Tiffin across the country.
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