Cold weather crime in ND

BISMARCK, N.D. - Here in North Dakota, we often hear the phrase, "The cold keeps the riffraff out." But, the Morton and Burleigh County Sheriff's Departments say in recent winters, that hasn't been the case.

Morton County sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier says the numbers of cases during these colder months have stayed the same recently, but he does say calls to dispatch tend to decrease.

Caution tape and police lights don't always fill the streets of our communities, especially not during the colder months of the year.

"In years past we would see a significant drop in activity in the winter. But, that's kind of changed in recent years. The community has grown and we've had different problems that have surfaced in the community," said Burleigh County PIO Kelly Leben.

He says crimes vary when it's cold out.

"The big turn with cold weather is more vehicle related calls, and then also in the winter, we do see that kind of spike during November. And, I think that has a lot to do with the change of seasons, and we see a spike of domestic violence or disturbances during that time," said Kirchmeier.

He says the increase of drugs and opioid use also plays a role in crime not dropping during this time of year.

Kirchmeier says in Morton County, 6 percent of all calls made to dispatch last year were in January.

But, more than 10 percent of calls happened both during July and June because it's warmer out.