There's some good news regarding crime in the northern valley. The latest statistics show there's been an overall drop in crime in Grand Forks during the past year.
2013 statistics show an overall drop in crime of 5-percent over 2012.
The number of murders was zero, and the number of rapes dropped from 39 to 32. The number of robberies did jump to 26 in 2013 from 20 in 2012.
Police say a big reason for the drop in overall crime is because residents, more than ever… are tipping them off to suspicious activity.
Lt. Dwight Love, Grand Forks Police: "Crime's down again this year, that's a testament to the partnership we have with the Community. We do a pretty good job working with the citizens so that we can prevent crime and handle the crime that is occurring."
Police say the use of ward officers has been a very effective crime fighting tool in Grand Forks. They're officers assigned to specific areas of the city, who deal with people and places that have reoccurring problems.
Sgt. Derick Zimmel, Grand Forks Police: "We can take a more creative approach. We can use different tools that are available during daytime business hours, as opposed to what's available during a nightshift… at 11 or 12 at night."
Police say meth remains a problem out on the streets. However, a growing problem is the theft and use of prescription drugs. It's a problem that can be eased by making sure you do not keep any unused prescription drugs in your home.
Lt. Dwight Love, Grand Forks Police: "Meth gets a lot of press. But, it's prescription drugs.. It's the synthetic drugs that we saw last year. Every year it tends to be a little bit different."
Love says another ongoing crime problem doesn't happen out on the streets, but right in our own homes.
Many people become the victims of identity theft, by sharing confidential information on their home computers.