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Is crime in Downtown Memphis on the rise?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- In just the past few days, Downtown Memphis has seen an increase in violent crime.

It's an area of town that Cassandra said she doesn't usually associated with crime, but it's been in the news a lot lately.

"I really don`t hear about downtown a lot," she said.

On Monday, we reported how three people were robbed in the South Main District over the weekend.

Less than 24 hours later, an office inside the Mud Island River Park was robbed by five armed men.

"I be downtown every Wednesday, but it`s during the daytime, not the nighttime," said Cassandra.

WREG's Luke Jones looked at all the crimes within a mile of City hall in the last 30 days and compared that to the month previous.

We discovered robberies overall are up- 7 in the last 30 days compared to 11 in the current one.

Auto thefts are holding steady - up to 49 from 48.

But one thing that stood out is that burglaries are down having dropped from 22 to 14.

"Well, that`s wonderful."

Paige Garland, who owns Rachel's Salon and Day Spa in the Main Street Mall, said she's glad to hear the stats.

However, she said, in her experience, it was never an issue to begin with.

"The business owners know each other. We talk, we keep in touch. The police all know us by name, by face," she said.

Garland said she knows some level of crime is just a fact of city life, but added the best thing you can do is stay vigilant, but still live your life.

"Living in fear is not something I choose to do, period."

WREG also looked at vandalism and that's also up to 26 in the last 30 days.

It was 21.