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Crime is Down in Dover, But It's Not All Good News

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DOVER, Del.- The good news is crime is down about 20 percent in Dover overall. The bad news, crime is up the downtown area. According to the Dover Police Annual Report, crime is up more than 30 percent downtown. 

Dover police say there has been an increase in crimes like homicide, burglary, fraud and theft downtown. Police acknowledge it is a serious problem. So do local businesses who say they want more to be done.

"I mean honestly it does concern me," said Jandid Kareem who owns his own barbershop in Downtown Dover. "Especially with the police department one block away. That's that's the really frightening thing."

"The last three months of 2014 were very challenging for us," explains Dover Police Chief Paul Bernat. "We found that we had sporadic shootings throughout the city."

Halloween weekend, the city experienced three shootings in three days. Bernat says to address the issue downtown, his department started a Street Crime Unit and Cadet Program to patrol downtown. Those efforts will continue this year. 

"We're going to concentrate on 2015 on cleaning up the downtown area," said Bernat. "It's not just going to be the police alone. It's the entire city and the state of Delaware."

The numbers are up but some still feel safe. 

"I feel safe because nobody bothers me," said Cora Guy of Dover. "They don't just bother everybody"

Back at Kareem's barbershop, he's hopeful Dover Pd's recent efforts pay off. 

"If there's a bigger presence prior to the crime being committed then maybe we can drop those numbers a little."

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