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More sex offenders moving to region

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There are now more than 650,000 registered sex offenders nationwide and the number in North Dakota continues to grow.
Reports show that statewide the number of sex offenders has increased by 38% in the past 2 years.

Reports are coming in each week of sex offenders moving to the area and that's keeping those at the Fargo Police Department on their toes.

"We are certainly keeping strong checks out there and have designated a full time investigator," says Lt. Joel Vettel with the Fargo Police Department.

That investigator is Detective Mark Voigtschild, who has seen his work load increase over the past year due to the number of offenders moving here.

"From 2012-2013, the number has gone from 174 to 197," says Det. Voigtschild.

In just three years, the number of sex offenders has increased 20%.

"As we continue to grow, we continue to put more and more resources out there, making sure they don't fall through cracks," says Lt. Vettel.

When a sex offender moves into town or gets a job here, they are required to register with the police department. But sometimes it can get tricky when they don't come with a permanent address.

"They have to obey the requirements. We keep a close eye on them with nightly phone calls and see where they are staying and checking to make sure they are there," says Lt. Vettel.

Police know by just looking at statistics, that if the city continues to grow, so will these reports.

You can always see where sex offenders are living. Just visit: http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/Police/CitizenResources/SexOffenders/

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