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June 25, 2018

BISMARCK, ND - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem today released North Dakota’s crime statistics for 2017. The report is compiled from information reported by local law enforcement agencies across the state.

“Overall crime ticked up only slightly last year with a point-four percent increase. The area of greatest concern, however, continues to be the increase in drug arrests, which went up again last year by four point four percent. Homicides in the state were down significantly, with twelve homicides in 2017 compared to eighteen the year before,” said Stenehjem.

The state’s crime rate of 6,373.9 per 100,000 population is up slightly, by 0.4%, from the 2016 crime rate of 6,348.0. The crime rate is calculated using the Group A offenses, which include the categories of “Crime Against Persons” (such as murder/non-negligent manslaughter, rapes, assaults), “Crimes Against Property” (robbery, burglary, theft, shoplifting, and motor vehicle theft), and “Crimes Against Society” (drug violations, prostitution, animal cruelty).

In 2017, there were 48,148 Group A offenses reported by local law enforcement agencies, including:

  • 9,790 crimes against persons, a 1.9% increase from last year
  • 1,216 reports of aggravated assault (involving serious bodily injury to the victim or use of a weapon in a threatening manner), compared to 1,132 in 2016, a 7.4% increase.
  • There were 12 homicides, compared to 18 the year before. Guns were used to kill five of the victims. Four victims, including one male, were killed in domestic violence incidents.
  • There were 5,078 drug arrests, an increase of 4.4% from 2016. Drug arrests have increased steadily for the past several years.
  • Property crimes accounted for 52% of the total Group A offenses reported in 2017. Law enforcement was able to recover one-third of the $37.2 million worth of property reported stolen last year.

Group B offenses include DUI, bad checks, disorderly conduct, trespassing, and other less serious offenses. In 2017, the total number of Group B arrests reported was 17,844. This is an increase of 7.4% from the 2016 total of 16,614.

  • DUI arrests increased by 3.5%, from 5,406 in 2016 to 5,597 last year. DUI arrests comprised 16.3% of total arrests.
    • The rate of DUI arrests has been falling since 2013, when the legislature enhanced DUI penalties. In 2012, DUI arrests accounted for 27% of all adults arrested.

This year for the first time, a new program allows users to view detailed crime statistics, including graphs and charts with a wide range of information about crime across the state. The TOPS program (Themed Orientated Public Site) includes crime data from 2010 to 2017 and can be accessed at

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DUI Convictions Chart
Drug Arrests Chart
Aggravated Assault Chart

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