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Atlanta police see increase in calls about suspicious packages

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A call reporting a suspicious package that turned out to be a trash bin filled with CDs on Sunday morning closed down part of North Highland Avenue, becoming the latest of many calls about suspicious packages since two bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, killing three.

John Chafee, a spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department, confirmed that the department has gotten an increased number of calls in the past week.

Chafee added that the department has an obligation to check packages to keep the public safe.

"As has been tragically demonstrated, not only in Boston, but even here in Atlanta, lives are at stake," Chafee said.

Chafee said each call costs the department money to pay for personnel, equipment and other costs like fuel, but the department has not attempted to calculate those added costs. He did not have a number of calls received in the past week.

"It's difficult, however, to calculate a cost on the saving of lives and peace of mind," Chafee said. "We have encouraged - and continue to encourage - citizens to call 911 if they see something suspicious."

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