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Crime prevention a big topic in mayoral race

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It's the last day of January and already, Sioux Falls has seen 10 robberies this year.

But Friday, a break for police -- two suspects wanted in five of these incidents are behind bars.

"Of all these 10 robberies we've had, we'd already -- prior to the robbery last night -- we made three arrests and then the information I'm going to give you now will tie a couple of individuals to five of those. So that leaves us with two robberies that are unsolved," said Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel.

Public safety in Sioux Falls has been the cornerstone issue of mayoral candidate Greg Jamison's campaign.

Jamison told us that he doesn't think Mayor Huether has given crime prevention proper attention.

Although this has been Jamison's push for weeks, Thursday night's robbery was just blocks from his own house.

The string of recent robberies has Jamison asking 'Why hasn't the mayor done more to prevent crime in Sioux Falls?'

"It's about giving the proper attention, making it a priority issue -- something that needs to be funded with more officers and new ideas -- and I don't believe the mayor is giving it the proper attention," said Jamison.

"My goodness, we solved 35 of these crimes this week alone. I've said it once and I'll say it again -- if you commit the crime in Sioux falls, the odds are really, really good you're going to do the time in Sioux Falls," said Mayor Huether.

Jamison says he's not trying to comedown against the police department.

"It might come off that way and I've tried to be crystal clear from the very beginning. I believe if the police department is given proper resources and proper attention making them a priority in their efforts, we can do a ton," said Jamison.

Mayor Huether says the record of crimes solved by the police department says it all.

"I think the storyline is that our police team -- they are well equipped -- they are incredibly well trained and they are unbelievably motivated to nail these guys. And that's why our team is so good and I will defend them again until the end of time," said Mayor Huether.

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