Crime on the Rise in North Dakota

A new report says North Dakota’s crime rate per capita last year rose nearly ten percent from 2014.

The North Dakota Attorney General’s Office report provides statistics for crimes ranging from murder to car thefts and other property crimes.

The report shows that crime was up in most categories and that the overall crime rate per capita has more than doubled since 2013.

There were 21 murders in North Dakota last year, up from 19 in 2014 and the most in more than a decade.

The state typically averages about a dozen murders annually.

There were some bright spots.

Drunken driving arrests, for example, were down last year for the third consecutive year.