The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety is beefing up enforcement, which is leading to a meatier number of arrests. Deputy Director Dan McGinnis released figures Friday. Compared to last year, the month of August experienced a 91% increase in arrests made, with a 156% rise in tickets written. The greater amount of enforcement has decreased the number of home invasions in the city. The department reports a 31% drop of burglaries. McGinnis says illegal drugs remain a significant concern for city residents, that's why an agreement with the Berrien County Narcotics Team has been signed to combat the issue.
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