Saskatoon police are investigating fewer violent crimes, and property crimes compared to last year. However, they say traffic violations are rising. (CBC)

Crime rates in Saskatoon are falling, and police now say traffic violations are becoming a growing concern.

Compared to a year ago, the city has witnessed six per cent fewer violent crimes, homicides, and robberies.

Police are investigating 57 cases of arson this year, compared to 23 last year. However, internal statistics show overall, property crimes have dropped by 15 per cent. Those include break and enters, thefts, and incidents of mischief and graffiti

However, officers in Saskatoon said distracted motorists are keeping them busy.

Between the end of June 2012 and June 2013, traffic charges have increased by 10 per cent. Since June 2012, speeding violations have increased by 57 per cent. Officers also tracked a 20 per cent increase in violations of other municipal traffic bylaws.

Saskatoon's police chief says more officers are being assigned to work on traffic patrol units.