Cameras along busiest streets in Fargo are helping crime rateFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Crime is falling fast in downtown Fargo. That's because it's been over a year since police placed cameras along the busiest streets.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Crime is falling fast in downtown Fargo.
That's because it's been over a year since police placed cameras along the busiest streets.
And the technology is working.
Jermy Tjon- General Manager: "Friday and Saturday nights are definitely, definitely busy."
When the sun goes down, and bad guys come out, these guys are watching.
General Manager of Empire Liquor, Jeremy Tjon knows how rowdy it can get.
Tjon: "Inside the bar, obviously we try to keep it under wraps as much as possible. If they're having too much, ask them to leave."
But when things turn physical, it's the cops who usually have to cut in.
For a year now they've had an extra set of eyes, along the 600 hundred block of NP avenue.
Lieutenant Jeff Skuza- Fargo Police: "We never really imagined we would see a lot on them and be able to solve a lot on those cameras. We expected people to know they're there and so then, adjust their behavior accordingly."
And it's working.
Since the cameras were put in place, crime around town is down eleven percent.
Along NP Avenue, it's down a whopping 70 percent.
Business owners can tell.
Skuza: "They will tell you the atmosphere is much lighter, people don't fight as much. There isn't as much conflict in the area.
Most recently, the cameras were able to spot a man who robbed Steve's Package Store, another liquor stop Tjon works for.
Now that man is in jail.
"There was a clerk there that was assaulted on an attempted robbery, and he actually defended himself and they were actually able to catch the guy because of the cameras they were using downtown."
Before the gadgets were placed downtown there were fourteen crimes committed.
"I think people just knowing about it, kinda, I guess kinda curtail stuff more."
Twelve months later, that number has dropped to just four.
"They're doing the job they need to be doing."
Another set of cameras have been put downtown.
They were installed back in June along the 400 block of NP.