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Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office saw fewer crimes in 2013

 
 
Grand Forks County appears to have enjoyed a reduction in crime in several categories last year, according to a report the Sheriff's Department released Tuesday.
 The number of assaults, serious drug crimes, fraud and vandalism reported were all down compared to 2012. The roads also seemed safer with fewer reports of drunk driving, speeding and seat belt violations. It's a contrast with the crime statistics from 2012, which saw drug crimes and forcible sexual offenses increase significantly. Here's how 2013 stacked up against 2012. Note these these numbers do not include crimes within the city of Grand Forks, which are reported separately. 
  •  Homicides: 1; there were zero in 2012. The five-year average is less than 1 murder per year.
  •  Assault: 77, down 12.5 percent. The five-year average is 86.
  •  Serious drug crimes: 95, down 34 percent. The five-year average is 88.
  •  Fraud: 30, down 11.8 percent. The five-year average is 26.
  •  Larceny/theft: 84, up 9.1 percent. The five-year average is 83.
  •  Motor vehicle theft: 11, same as in 2012. The five-year average is 14.
  •  Burglary: 36, up 12.5 percent. The five-year average is 36.
  •  Robbery: Zero; there were 2 in 2012.  The five-year average is less than 1
  •  Vandalism and destruction of property: 54, down 22.9 percent. The five-year average is 71.
  •  Forcible sex offenses: 18, same as in 2012. The five-year average is 12.
  •  Kidnapping: 2, same as in 2012. The five-year average is 2.
  •  Driving under the influence: 87, down 19.4 percent. The five-year average is 98.
  •  Speeding: 688, down 14.5 percent. The five-year average is 647.
  •  Seat belt: 61, down 39.6 percent. The five-year average is 91.
  •  Drug possession: 54, down 22.9 percent. The five-year average is 47.
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