A year of fires, shootings, mall fights but also closure for a family of a murder victim.
The Bismarck and Mandan Police Departments say although they don’t have finalized numbers of the increases and decreases of crimes in both cities they believe their staff did a good job tackling all the obstacles 2017 brought.
2017 brought the good, the bad, and the ugly.
“I think you tend to see a few more violent people, a few more violent crimes, where people are tending to shoot people or tending to stab people than in the past,” said Mandan Police Department Deputy Chief, Lori Flaten.
“Puts people on edge more than anything. Don’t feel safe around their own homes,” said Mandan resident, David Berger.
Flaten and Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin say they think there will be an increase in a few things this year.
“We didn’t have a homicide this year. We did have a few shootings. That the last two were just recent here and so we’ve had an increase in that sort of thing,” said Flaten.
“Burglaries and thefts appear to be decreasing, we’ll see what the final numbers show. But hopefully that’s some good new preliminarily. However the shoplifting has really increased, it’s like up 50 percent,” said Donlin.
2017 also brought closure for many including the family of Misty Coffelt, the woman brutally murdered in 2016 by Morris Brickle-Hicks.
“Because there is no getting over something like this. There’s only learning to live with it,” said Coffelt’s daughter, Britney Loghry.
Both departments say they had a productive year.
They say official statistics of the increase and decrease of crime won’t come out for a few more weeks.