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Published August 11 2012

Police: Downtown crime reports rising this year

FARGO – The crime rate here has been going down for the past few years, but that trend may be changing downtown.

Fargo police data shows the number of reported property crimes in the city’s downtown district in 2012 is up 62 percent through July, compared to the number of reports at the same point in 2011.

Compared over the same stretch of time, personal crimes are up 15 percent this year.

Lt. Joel Vettel attributed the percentage increases to low crime in prior years.

“We’ve kind of had the luxury of having reduced crime over the last several years in our community, and anytime you lower the crime rate the chance of seeing a bigger increase when we do have a jump is there,” Vettel said.

The statistics include reports in the department’s Beat 11, which spans from Main Avenue to 6th Avenue North and from the Red River to University Drive.