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Surveillance cameras doing their job after 1 year of work

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Heading to downtown Fargo?
Make sure you stop and smile for the camera.

At Josef's school of hair design, financial manager, Todd Anderson, says its been a while since all of these windows have been in their place.

"We had two broken front door windows last year," says Anderson.

But in the past year, things have changed.

"We have not had any breaks," says Anderson.

He credits these.
Cameras installed by the city after complaints from business owners along NP Avenue and Broadway came in about too much crime taking place.

"Cameras went live on September 21st," says Lt. Jeff Skuza, with the Fargo Police Department.

Lt. Skuza says before the cameras went up along NP avenue, there were 28 crimes reported in that area last year.

Since they were installed,

"Since then, we have had four crimes. Crimes have gone down overall downtown by 11% and in that block by 70%," says Lt. Skuza.

This past June, the city installed even more cameras along Broadway and since then they say their eyes in the skies have solved six additional crimes.

For Anderson, he says he's happy the cameras are there protecting his store front one picture at a time.

We asked the Fargo Police Department, if they are thinking about installing more cameras in other parts of town, and while they say there are places that could use them they do not have any additional plans at this point.

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