Jackson County crime up for first part of 2017

Jackson County, Ore. —  Crime is up in Jackson County for the first part of 2017, but police say it’s not all bad news.

The Medford Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office are reporting a 1- 2% increase in the number of cases they’re handling for the first part of this year.

Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler says the biggest spike his agency is seeing, is in DUII’s.

“We’re seeing an increase in our DUII arrests,” Sheriff Nathan Sickler says, “they’re about double of what they were last year so that’s a good thing because our fatal crashes are down.”

The sheriff’s office has recently dedicated 2 cars to DUII patrols, and they say that’s saving lives.

Meanwhile in Medford, stolen vehicle cases continue to climb. They’re up about 50% this year compared to last.

Both agencies are reporting spikes in burglaries as well.

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