The crime rate in North Dakota's largest city
has been going down in the last five years, but police say the
trend may be changing in downtown Fargo.
Police say the number of reported crimes in the downtown
district is up 62 percent through July, compared to reports at the
same point a year ago.
Crimes against people are up 15 percent.
Police Lt. Joel Vettel says that the percentage increases tend to look
bad when you begin with a low crime rate.
The statistics include reports from an area that spans from Main
Avenue going north to 6th Avenue North and from the Red River going
west to University Drive.