Shocker: Crime In Downtown Fargo Up 62% After Occupiers Begin Protest
The problem (if you can really call it a problem) with North Dakota crime statistics is that the state generally has very low levels of crime, so that any small crime wave (a rash of vandalism, for instance) can translate into some very big percentage increases in crime rates. Because if you start with a small number, adding just a few more incidents means a big growth in percentage.
That being said, is it merely a coincidence that during a year when the local Occupy Wall Street movement began their protests in downtown Fargo the city has seen a dramatic increase in crime there?
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — 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.
Crime has become such an issue in downtown Fargo that local law enforcement has proposed putting in surveillance cameras as a deterrent and aid to solving crimes. The occupiers have been protesting this move since March (see their Facebook page here).
For what it’s worth, after all the blather about the elevation of crime rates in the oil patch, it seems as though Fargo has seen a larger percentage increase in crime (acknowledging all the flaws in that measure) correlating to the beginning of the Occupy movement than western communities have seen correlating to the oil boom.
As I posted last week, North Dakota’s oil-producing counties have seen a roughly 36% increase in crimes from 2009 to 2011, just a little more than half Fargo’s increase in one year.Tags: bakken, crime, North Dakota News, occupy wall street, Oil Patch