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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • North Dakota crime rate up but lower than a decade ago

  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says North Dakota's crime rate increased 9 percent last year but it's lower than a decade ago.


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  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says North Dakota's crime rate increased 9 percent last year but it's lower than a decade ago.
    Stenehjem issued a new report Monday that provides statistics for crimes ranging from murder to car thefts. Data show that crime was up in nearly every category except forcible rape.
    The number of offenses reported by law enforcement increased from 12,427 in 2010 to 13,778 last year. Stenehjem says the number of crimes has dropped from 15,239 a decade ago, when the state had about 50,000 fewer residents.
    He says the number of crimes has increased in the oil patch but so has the population.
    Statistics show that counties in the oil patch account for about a quarter of the state's population and about a quarter of the crimes.