OGDEN — A high-profile crackdown on shootings, assaults and nuisance crimes around downtown neighborhoods has Ogden officials claiming credit.

But the police chief says the task is never-ending.

Since Ogden began deploying blanket patrols last November, arrests are up by half to nearly 500. Police issued another 850 citations. The offenses range from public drunkenness to booming car stereos.

That has brought some security to city neighborhoods, and Mayor Matthew Godfrey says crime rates fell 17 percent in May over last year.

But Ogden Police Chief Jon Greiner says fighting crime is like weeding a garden. According to Greiner, "You start at one end and work to the other, then by the time you're done, you have to start over again."