Barnes County saw an increase in serious crimes between 2010 and 2011, according to figures released Monday by North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
The number of serious crimes committed in Barnes County grew by 11 from 101 in 2010 to 112 in 2011.
The number of serious offenses handled by the Barnes County Sheriff’s Department grew by 29, from 17 in 2010 to 46 in 2011.
The number of serious crimes in Valley City fell by 18 from 84 in 2010 to 66 in 2011.
Serious, or index offenses include murder/non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny/theft, and motor vehicle theft.
In 2011, Barnes County saw two forcible rapes, up from one in 2010; one aggravated assault, down two from 2010; 24 burglaries, up two from 2010; 75 larceny/thefts, up eight from 2010; and 10 motor vehicle thefts, up two from 2010.
Broken down, Valley City saw two forcible rapes in 2011, up one from 2010; no aggravated assaults, down three from 2010; 14 burglaries, down six from 2010; 45 larceny/thefts, down nine from 2010; and five motor vehicle thefts, down one from 2010.
For serious cases handled by the sheriff, broken down, the county saw one aggravated assault, up one from 2010; 10 burglaries, up eight from 2010; 30 larceny/thefts, up 17 from 2010; and five motor vehicle thefts, up three from 2010.
Other crimes included in the report included stolen property offenses, vandalism, weapons offenses, other sex offenses, drug abuse violations, DUIs, liquor law violations, disorderly conduct, all other offenses and runaway.
Counting both serious and other offenses, Valley City handled 137 offenses in 2011, up 12 from 2010, and the sheriff handled 21 offenses, up 10 from 2010.
Valley City saw no stolen property offenses in 2011, down seven from 2010; seven vandalisms, up five from 2010; no weapons offenses, down three from 2010; no other sex offenses, down one from 2010; 12 drug abuse violations, down two from 2010; 41 DUIs, down 20 from 2010; 32 liquor law violations, up 16 from 2010; eight disorderly conducts, up one from 2010; six all other offenses, down six from 2010; and two runaways, up one from 2010.
Barnes County saw three DUIs, up 3 from 2010; eight liquor law violations, up five from 2010; two disorderly conducts, up two from 2010 and four all other offenses, up four from 2010.
ND Crime Rate Up but Still Lower Than a Decade Ago
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s crime rate increased 9 percent last year but remains lower than a decade ago when the state had some 50,000 fewer residents, according to a report released Monday.
The annual report released by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem provides statistics for crimes ranging from murder to car thefts and other property crimes. Data show that crime was up in nearly every category except forcible rape, which was down about 7 percent to 207 cases.
Stenehjem said a perception that North Dakota’s booming oil patch in the western part of the state is a “lawless and crime-riddled area” is “not borne out by the actual facts.”
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, Stenehjem said. It’s is no more likely to be a victim of a crime in the oil patch as it is anywhere else in the state, he said.
“Crime is up and up considerably in a worrisome way” in some counties in the oil patch but “the major reason that is happening is because the population is up,” Stenehjem said.
The number of offenses reported statewide by law enforcement increased from 12,427 in 2010 to 13,778 last year. Stenehjem said the number of crimes has dropped from 15,239 a decade ago, when the state had about 634,000 residents compared with about 684,000 last year.
Aggravated assaults have been increasing in North Dakota since 2003, contrary to national trends, Stenehjem said. The felony crimes involving fights in which the victims are seriously injured have jumped from about 300 a decade ago to 1,040 last year, he said.
Stenehjem said 15 murders occurred last year, up from 11 in 2010. The state averages about 11 murders annually, he said.
North Dakota law enforcement agencies reported 29,260 arrests last year, down from 29,404 in 2010.
The number of drunken driving arrests statewide jumped from 6,050 in 2010 to 6,600 last year. Stenehjem said a third of the drunken driving arrests in North Dakota last year involved repeat offenders.