Violent offenses are on a downward trend in the Minot area, but there's no rest for the Minot Police Department.
Theft, fraud and drug offenses are all on the rise.
Tonight we focus on the growing number of thefts in the Magic City.
Jennifer Thorgramson tells us how a storage locker of ATVs has stopped one family in their tracks.
Population numbers are on the rise and police are stretched for staff.
They are frequently quoted facts true for much of North Dakota, and a little extra precaution can go a long way.
(Lt. Jason Sundbakken, Minot Police Department) "I took statistics from 2010, 2011 and 2012. We have gradually gone up each of those years, especially in theft and drug cases."
'Theft' now rings loud and clear for the Helland family.
(David Helland, Minot Resident) "We were in that storage unit for six years with no incidents. No break ins. No threats. No property damage. The building owners have taken good care of it. There was no reason to suspect activity."
ATVs are a favorite pastime for the Helland family of five --- each with their own machine locked safely away in storage --- until last week.
(David Helland, Minot Resident) "Looking at the purchase value, we're up to $37,000. To the common wage earner, that's a big deal. It takes quite a few years to replace that. I was protected. They weren't just our in a ditch. They were in storage. Behind a door. A lock and keys. How much more can you protect them than behind a closed door?"
Lt. Sundbakken says the larger items are often easier to find.
But in the case of ATVs, if they're not found, the machines fall in a gap where insurance is not required.
Which for the Holland's, it could mean a total loss.
(David Helland, Minot Resident) "In our case, ATVs, if we're not reckless with them and we can't be out on the highway, the risk, they're almost indestructible."
Theft numbers 2012 are at about 80 percent of the total number of thefts in 2011.
And there's a quarter of the year left to go.
(Lt. Jason Sundbakken, Minot Police Department) "The biggest thing is just awareness. If you have information. No matter if it's a little piece of information or a huge thing, call us. We can discern whether it's associated with one of our cases or if it's relevant."
Lt. Sundbakken also says there are ways to create your own 'insurance.'
Use cylander locks that can't be cut.
And write down serial numbers, keeping a file of the valuables in your home.
In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.
Sundbakken says drug offenses have had the greatest increase since 2010.