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Posted on: July 8, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Bismarck Police 2014 Crime and Traffic Analysis Report

The Bismarck Police Department presents its 2014 Crime and Traffic Analysis Report. The report contains a summary of the incidence of crimes, calls for service, and traffic related statistical information.

Statistical information concerning the incidence of crimes is primarily divided into Group A offenses which include the more serious personal and property crimes; Group B offenses which include misdemeanor crimes; and miscellaneous offenses. Serious crimes, identified as the Group A offenses, increased by 4.5% in 2014 in comparison to 2013 and Group B offenses decreased 3.5% in comparison to 2013.

Crimes Against Persons decreased 10.9% overall in 2014 compared to 2013. This is great news as 2013 had also experienced an 8.5% decrease, which combines for a total 19.4% decrease in this category over the past two years. Within this category, Aggravated Assaults decreased for the second year in a row, this time by 7% (132 offenses in 2014 compared to 142 in 2013) and 61.4% ofthose were Domestic Assaults, of which 62.5% involved alcohol. Simple Assaults also decreased for the second year in a row with 2014 showing a 10.9% decrease (612 offenses in 2014 compared to 687 in 2013) and 63.4% of those were Domestic Assaults, of which 45.4% involved alcohol. Sexual Assaults increased by eight reports total in 2014.

Crimes Against Property increased 8.5% overall in 2014 compared to 2013. Notable increases in this category include Prostitution cases which increased by 250% (7 offenses in 2014 compared to 2 in 2013), Counterfei t/Forgery cases which increased 32.9% (105 offenses in 2014 compared to 79 in 2013), Fraud cases which increased 25.9% (389 offenses compared to 309 in 2013), and Shoplifting increased 14.6% (456 offenses in 2014 compared to 398 in 2013). Drug violations continue to rise with Paraphernalia violations increasing by 13.9% (655 offenses in 2014 compared to 575 in 2013), Drug violations increasing by 13.3% (698 offenses in 2014 compared to 616 in 2013) and Motor Vehicle Theft increased by 12.5% (126 offenses in 2014 compared to 112 in 2013). Areas within this category we experienced a decrease in occurrence include Arson which decreased by 50% (3 offenses in 2014 compared to 6 in 2013), Burglary which decreased by 33.5% (214 offenses in 2014 compared to 322 in 2013), Robberies decreased by 6.7% (14 offenses in 2014 compared to 1 5 offenses in 2013), and Theft From Motor Vehicles decreased 4.2% (254 offenses in 2014 compared to 265 in 2013).

The Personal Crimes for serious Group A Offenses per capita is 14.3 crimes per 1000 people. This is a decrease of 13.86% compared to 2013. The Property Crimes for serious Group A Offenses per capita is 66.6 crimes per 1000 people, which is an increase of 4.72% from 2013. Burglaries per dwelling/business for 2014 decreased 35.48% compared to 2013.

Bismarck Police officers responded to a total of34,130 calls for service in 2014 compared to
34,146 in 2013, which is a 0.05% decrease; however, in 2011 and 2012 calls for service had increased a total of 14.2% compared to 2010. Calls for service for 2014 are above the 5 year average. Of these 34,130 calls for service, 3,907 were calls received through 911.

Officers issued 4.7% less traffic citations in 2014 than in 2013 (15,623 citations in 2014 compared to 16,390 in 2013). Officers arrested 531 adult drivers plus seven juvenile drivers for DUI, and investigated 3,824 motor vehicle crashes, which is a 4.1 % decrease compared to the 3,985 crashes in 2013. These 3,824 vehicle crashes included one fatality, 489 injuries, and an estimated $13,335,953 in property damage. There were 15,188 parking citations issued in 2014 compared to 7,898 in 2013 reflecting a 92.3% increase, these include those issued in the downtown business area.

It is important to remember when discussing crime statistics that these statistics represent persons within our community who have been victimized. Although burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles decreased, motor vehicle thefts increased. We remain very concerned with the significant numbers in some categories of crimes against property. Many of these crimes such as burglaries, thefts from motor vehicles, and motor vehicle thefts are crimes of opportunity. We strongly encourage all residents to take appropriate measures to safeguard their property, which include locking homes, closing garage doors, removing valuables and keys from their vehicles and ensuring vehicles are locked. We also continue to collaborate and work closely with the Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC) to address the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The Bismarck Police Department is committed to providing the best service possible to those who have been a victim of crime and working in partnership with the community to continue to reduce the incidence of crime and maintain Bismarck's status as an extremely safe community in which to live.

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