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Crime Increases Throughout the State

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Total crime is up 5.5 percent from last year, which includes violent crimes such as rape and robbery along with property crimes like burglaries and shop lifting.

But there were some positive trends. The number of rape cases dropped 2 percent, and the number of homicides went down from 20 last year to 14 in 2013. Drivers arrested for driving under the influence also decreased, but the amount of drug cases are becoming higher in one part of the state.

"When you have the drugs that will also contribute to the increase in the number of burglaries that we are seeing all across the state of North Dakota but especially out west. It ripples throughout all the criminal activity," says Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

Drug arrests increased 19.5 percent from last year, and the number of methamphetamine samples increased by 52 percent last year at the state lab.


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