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Crime Numbers Down in 2013

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2013 was a year of growth for the city of Minot - both in population and in infrastructure.

And yet the Crime Prevention Unit at the Minot Police Department says although more investigations were launched, crime actually diminished in 20-13.

Bonnie Campo reports on the trends.

In the past few years, it might feel like crime has gone up. That's probably due to twenty percent increase in the population. However, citizens and policemen are still saying Minot is a good place to call home.

(Lt. Jason Sundakken, Minot P.D.)" I do feel like Minot still a good place to live in. I was born and raised here. I have never lived anywhere else, maybe I'm biased. But it's a good place to raise kids, they have a great educational system here, still a reasonably safe town to live in."

The Crime Prevention unit in Minot says there is a reason crime might be more noticeable.

(Sgt. Margie Zietz, Minot P.D) "People are more aware of their surroundings, so they are noticing more things and reporting more them. We have a lot more businesses on board of making sure we are keeping the community as well as our customers safe. I think as a society which is good, we are more aware of it. Obviously with social media, we are hearing a lot more about it than maybe in the past. So it seems like more, but actually some of the specific crimes have dropped like. In particular, we would think there is a lot more drug violations. Our narcotic violation went from four hundred and thirteen down to three hundred and eighty-nine."

But keeping the town safe is a hard job if the staff are not able to grow with the population.

(Lt. Jason Sundakken, Minot P.D.) "In 2012 we were assigned seventy-hundred and forty-four cases in the investigations division, which is a lot. There is only six of us and me and a captain. In 2013 we were assigned twenty-one hundred and thirty-eighty. So, our case load went up four-hundred cases in one year."

In twenty-fourteen the Police Department will continue to adapt because the population boom isn't predicted to stop anytime soon. But, they are keeping their eyes on some specific crimes.

(Sgt. Margie Zietz, Minot P.D) "Motor vehicle theft is a tough one, because the majority of them, the vehicle is unlocked with the keys in it. That's one of the biggest things we can prevent, lock that vehicle. Maybe keep any possessions you have in the trunk, or take them inside. Our weapons violation is up, we went from forty in 2012 to fifty-four last year. There is a few numbers that might spike here and there, but like I said, is encouraging overall to see it hasn't been increasing in a lot of areas."

If you witness suspicious activity that is not an emergency you can dial eighty-five crime to report the incident to local authorities, For KXnews, I'm Bonnie Campo

To view a complete crime report visit the KX website at KX NET dot com.

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