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crime wave

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcrime waveˈcrime wave noun [singular]  a sudden large increase in the amount of crime in an area More police officers are being brought in to help tackle the current crime wave.
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crime waveHe was part of a crime wave that shot up a house, robbed some one and then killed some one else.Along with other rural areas, the villages have suffered a crime wave recently.On Wednesday, he said he will help Maskhadov fight a postwar crime wave.He believes the police are overstretched and moves are urgently needed to tackle Darlington's crime wave.The sheer scale of the crime wave was uncovered by the Labour Party from official figures.The crime wave that spurred them has been falling steadily in times of greater economic prosperity.
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