The number of burglaries in Lower Merion Township rose in 2013 for the third straight year and last year’s tally was the highest in the last decade.
Still, earlier history offers one point of comfort: At least it’s not 1980.
Year-end statistics released this week by Lower Merion police show that 256 residential and commercial burglaries occurred within the township’s 24 square miles in 2013. That’s up from 2012, when there were 195 burglaries and from 2011′s total of 185.
“We feel the current increase is drug-fueled,” police superintendent Michael J. McGrath said. Many burglars, he said, sell what they steal for money to buy drugs.