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Bethlehem Police: Crime at Musikfest plummets

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Crime at Musikfest is on a downward spiral, according to Bethlehem police.

The number of arrests during Musikfest have dropped by more than half over the last three years, according to an analysis by Bethlehem police.

The analysis notes that the number of arrests went from 81 in 2011 to 43 in 2012, and down to 34 this year.

Police are attributing a number of factors for the decrease during this time frame including: increasing the number of police officers on bicycles and horses and public information campaigns.

Mayor John Callahan issued the following statement in response to the drop in arrests: "Public safety is always a priority in the city. Bethlehem is the safest city in Pennsylvania and we want to ensure that Musikfest is the safest festival in Pennsylvania. If you are going to welcome over a million people to Bethlehem, we certainly want them to feel safe."

Of the 34 arrests made during this year's Musikfest, the most charges, 16, were for disorderly conduct. There were also 13 charges of public drunkenness and 7 charges of underage drinking.

Police say there were only 3 charges of harassment and one person was charged with aggravated assault. There was also one robbery charge filed.

Of the 34 arrests made this year, police said 32 were on the northside.

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