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Crime in North Dakota, 1998: A Summary of Uniform Crime Report Data

NCJ Number
Judith H. Volk
Date Published
74 pages
In 1998, 16,537 crime index offenses were reported by local law enforcement agencies in North Dakota, a 3.4 percent decrease from the total of 17,122 reported in 1997.

Crime index offenses included murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and theft, and motor vehicle theft. The index crime rate per 100,000 population was 2592, down 3 percent from the rate of 2671.1 in 1997. The number of reported violent index crimes (murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) totaled 566 in 1998, a 3.1 percent increase over the 549 reported in 1997. Violent crime accounted for 3.4 percent of total index crimes reported in 1998. Collectively, property crimes decreased by 3.6 percent between 1997 and 1998, from 16,573 to 15,971. Property crime accounted for 96.6 percent of total index crimes reported in 1998. Over $11.4 million worth of property was reported stolen in 1998, with about 31 percent of that amount recovered by law enforcement officials. The number of arrests reported in 1998 totaled 33,548, compared to 33,634 in 1997. About 27 percent of these arrests involved juveniles, and 50 percent of arrests for index crimes were arrests of juveniles. Juveniles were arrested most often for liquor law violations, while adults were arrested most often for driving under the influence. Arrests for drug offenses increased by 22.1 percent between 1997 and 1998, from 1,242 to 1,517. Data are also provided on full-time law enforcement employees in North Dakota. Tables and figures