ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says Niagara Falls will be one of eight cities nationwide to get help from a federal team to combat crime.
The federal crime-fighting task force will help local police analyze their local crime and then use new techniques and resources to attack it.
Although some of the most violent crimes involving shootings, robberies and rapes have dropped or held at the level of last year, thefts and assaults are rising and spike during tourist season in the city that is home to the storied Falls.
The state Division of Criminal Justice Services reports more than 3,500 crimes in the city last year. More than 80 percent involved property damage and theft, rather than injury to people.