Drug offenses, assault surge
in Bakken counties
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota saw sharp increases in the number of drug arrests and aggravated assaults last year, particularly in the booming oil patch, but the attorney general says data from the latest annual crime report show some positive trends.
Violent crimes in North Dakota increased by more than 7 percent for the third consecutive year, according to the 2013 crime report released at a press conference by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
Statewide, crime increased by 5.5 percent with almost 15,700 total offenses. Violent crimes increased by 7.4 percent and property crimes went up by 5.5 percent.
While the number of homicides and rapes decreased in 2013, Stenehjem said aggravated assault and drug offenses in the state are still “areas of great concern.”