Let's Cut the Police!
With a recession making money tight and jobs scarce, police said Wednesday they weren't surprised to see more people turning to crime for a fast buck.
While overall crime in the Southland dipped 1 percent last year, burglaries were on the rise, and police blamed the economy.
Officers are seeing more phony credit cards linked to real credit card accounts, which can drain a victim of cash or credit without the theft of the card itself, Division Chief Mike Kaufmann said.
"The economy is certainly a factor. The need for more money puts people on edge, and you'll see stuff directly related to that," Kaufmann said. "It's definitely a factor in Oak Lawn, but also regionally and globally, really."