2013 saw a dip in rapes in North Dakota, according to the Uniform Crime Report data summary released by the attorney general’s office.
There were 237 rapes in 2013, a 2.5 percent total drop from 2012. That number equates to about 65.5 women raped for every 100,000 women in North Dakota.
This number doesn’t factor in gross sexual impositions on men, because the Uniform Crime Report — which is a product of the Federal Bureau of Investigation — states that victims of rape must be female.
“Forcible Rape” is “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will,” according to the UCR program.
Seven juveniles and 25 adults were arrested for rape in 2013.
The summary is an aggregation of data from counties across the state, and numbers are based on a Census Bureau population estimate of 723,393 people. The 67-page report is available in its entirety at ag.nd.gov.
Violent crime accounted for 9.9 percent of total index crime offenses reported in 2013.
Index crimes are murder/non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny/theft and motor vehicle theft. Murder/non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, aggravated assault and robbery are violent crimes, and the others are non-violent crimes for the purpose of this summary.
Violent crime accounted for 9.9 percent of total index crimes reported in 2013.
DUI arrests decreased to 7,086 in 2013, from 7,322 in 2012, a 3.2 percent drop. People aged 20-24 accounted for 1,532 of those arrests.
Drug offense arrests increased 19.5 percent in 2013, from a total of 2,873 in 2012 to 3,431 in 2013.
Property crimes increased by 5.3 percent, from 13,415 in 2012 to 14,127 in 2013.
There were 14 murders/ non-negligent manslaughters in North Dakota. Two of these were reported by Williams County, and one by the Williston Police Department.
There were 20 murders/ non-negligent manslaughters in 2012, roughly 30 percent more such incidents than in 2013.
Six of the above incidents involved domestic violence. One was a burglary. Two were arguments. The others are listed as either “unknown circumstances” or “other circumstances.”
In Williams County — estimated population 28,843 — there were three murders, 17 forcible rapes, eight robberies, 92 aggravated assaults, 153 burglaries, 936 larcenies/ thefts and 299 motor vehicle thefts, for a total of 1,508 index offenses.
There were a total of 31,166 arrests in North Dakota in 2013. Males accounted for 22,792 arrests, and women accounted for 8,374.
Arrests were also broken up by age in five-year increments.
People aged 20-24 were arrested the most, accounting for 6,836 arrests.
People over the age of 65 accounted for 175 of the total arrests, and people under the age of 10 accounted for 82 arrests.
Nearly 50 percent of violent crimes were “cleared” in 2013. A case is cleared when a suspect has been charged, arrested and prosecuted. The verdict is inconsequential.
Of the 237 reported rapes in 2013, 22.8 percent were cleared.
There were 3,431 drug arrests in 2013.
Of these, 57 arrests were related to opiates, cocaine or derivatives, 1,216 arrests were related to other drugs or narcotics and 2,158 arrests were related to marijuana.
The North Dakota State Highway Patrol has the most manpower of any North Dakota law enforcement agency, with 194 total employees. Of those 194, 149 are law enforcement officers, and the rest are civilian personnel.
The city of Fargo has the largest individual police force, with 143 officers and 19 civilian employees serving a population of 111,101.
The Williams County Sheriff’s office has 33 officers, 26 civilian personnel and serves a population of 7,647.
The Williston Police Department has 38 officers, 14 civilian personnel and serves a population of 19,949.
For a full copy of the attorney general’s report, visit http://www.ag.nd.gov/Reports/BCIReports/CrimeHomicide/Crime13.pdf.
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