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Fargo Police See a Slight Increase in Crime from 2012 to 2013

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A growing city with an escalating crime problem, though it might not be to the degree which you thought. The Fargo Police Department just released the 2013 crime stats. Valley News team's Eric Crest has more on what kind of stories the numbers tell.

 

It may seem like all of your news lately has been crime related, with the armed robberies and burglaries that keep stacking up. But overall the crime rate in Fargo has actually stayed much the same over the last two years.

 

"The city of Fargo saw a 2 percent increase in crime in 2013 compared to 2012," says Fargo Chief of Police Keith Ternes.

 

While burglary is up almost 50 percent compared to last year, and robberies rose about 30 percent. It's commercial armed robberies, like those at all of the area convenience stores that Chief Ternes says gets all the attention. Even though they do not amount to as much of the crime as other areas do for the Fargo Police Department.

 

"Of the 55 total robberies only 8 were where someone came into a business like a convenience store or liquor store and held them up," says Chief Ternes.

 

From 2012 to 2013 the Fargo Police Department received an increase of about 23 percent of their call volume. That's about 7 thousand additional calls compared to last year. And the Chief adds that up to what most of you were already thinking. Fargo is on the grow and we are starting to experience some of those bigger city problems.

 

"Some of that is due at least in part due to the overall population growth and geographical growth of the city of Fargo."

 

A couple interesting stats on the roads. Traffic citations were down 27-percent and there were 200 less dui's from 2012 to 2013. For a complete summary of the 2013's crime stats in Fargo check out the link below and download the Fargo Police App for your smart phone.

 

 

 

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