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Strip Club Hasn't Increased Salt Lake City Crime

Strip Club Hasn't Increased Salt Lake City Crime

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- One year after a downtown Salt Lake City strip club opened, police say they haven't seen the huge increase in crime predicted by its opponents.

There has been an increase in 9-1-1 calls since the Dead Goat Saloon turned from a blues bar to a strip club, but police say none are out of the ordinary.

Calls from the club represent five percent of the total calls made to police regarding problems on the block, which includes two other night spots.

The number of police reports filed from crime reported in the neighborhood actually dropped from 156 to 145 since dancers took to the stage.

Club owners faced opposition from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns nearby property. The church took the case to court, arguing that such businesses increase crimes like robbery, assault and vandalism in the surrounding area.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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