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2012 Fargo Crimes Stats Released

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With all the bad, there also comes some good. Wednesday, the Fargo Police Department released the official crime statistics for 2012. As the numbers show, some crime may be up, but others have actually dropped.

It is no secret that in the past year the city of Fargo has seen some major growth. A main reason Fargo police chief Keith Ternes says the overall calls coming into dispatch have gone up.

"The volume of calls have increased by about 8 and a half percent," says Chief Ternes. But funny enough, the number of arrests have gone down. "To us, one of the reasons they are down, is because we are short staffed," says Chief Ternes.

From arrests, to case reports, traffic citations and DUIarrests, all have seen a decrease from 2012. "We saw a good downward trend to the number of people we are arresting," says Chief Ternes.

With a closer look at the types of incidents the department has faced, gross sexual imposition is up from 31 in 2011 to 53 in 2012, and there has also been an increase in burglaries and shoplifting. "When it comes to GSI's, these are not abductors, these are acquaintances," says Chief Ternes.

Ternes says a main focus as they move ahead is reducing the property crimes. "It's not violent crimes taking place but these we need to monitor," says Chief Ternes.

He says overall, Fargo is still a low crime city compared to the rest of the nation and they'll work to make sure it stays that way.

"Crime continues to remain low in the city of Fargo, and continues to be a safe place to live." Ternes says it's always a good reminder after looking at these stats, and with property crimes up to remind you to be vigilant and to be locking your cars and homes at all times.

If you want to look at all the numbers in the crime report, click the link near the top of this story.

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