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Published February 19, 2013, 01:00 PM

Robbery Cases Boost Grand Forks Crime Statistics in 2012

Violent crime in Grand Forks rose 17 percent in 2012, fueled largely by increase in robbery complaints, according to the Grand Forks Police Department 2012 Annual Crime Statistics report, which was released today.

By: Herald Staff Reports/Associated Press, Grand Forks Herald, Associated Press

Violent crime in Grand Forks rose 17 percent in 2012, fueled largely by increase in robbery complaints, according to the Grand Forks Police Department 2012 Annual Crime Statistics report, which was released today.

The number of robberies more than doubled, from 9 to 20.

Meanwhile, police saw an 8 percent decrease in property crime, including burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson.

Together, violent and property crimes decreased by 5 percent, from 1,744 in 2011 to 1,654 in 2012, according to the report.

“Overall our city is very safe,” Police Chief John Packett said. “The Grand Forks Police Department continues to review the success of existing programs and develop initiatives designed to strengthen our community partnerships, reduce the fear of crime, and consistently deliver high quality services to our citizens, businesses and visitors to our great community.”

The total number of calls for service has increased steadily in recent years.

In 2012, Grand Forks Police responded to 44,860 calls. That’s an increase of 8.6 percent from 41,308 calls 2011 and a 12 percent increase over the 39,722 calls in 2010.

Here are some of the highlights from the report:

Violent crimes

• Murder: 1; up from 0 in 2011.

• Rape: 39; up 22 percent from 32.

• Robbery: 20; up 122 percent from 9.

• Aggravated assault: 93; up 3 percent from 90.

• Burglary: 237; down 24 percent from 312.

• Larceny: 1,169; down 2 percent from 1,198.

• Auto theft: 93; down 4 percent from 97.

• Arson: 2; down 67 percent from 4.

Other crimes

• Threats/intimidation: 73, down 1 percent.

• Simple assault: 376; down 13 percent.

• Fraud/forgery: 252; up 13 percent.

• Miscellaneous sex offenses: 41; down 5 percent.

• Criminal mischief: 693; down 20 percent.

• Drugs/narcotics: 231; same as 2011.

• Domestic disturbance: 650; down 10 percent.

• Loud party: 184; down 21 percent.

• Other offenses: 5,069; up 10 percent.

Citations

• DUI/Actual physical control: 328; up 12 percent.

• Driving under suspension/revocation: 390; up 12 percent.

• Open container: 31; down 16 percent.

• Stop/yield: 859; down 1 percent.

• Speeding: 2,048; up 48 percent.

• Traffic signal: 285; up 1 percent.

• Seatbelt violation: 246; up 49 percent.

• Child restraint: 23; up 53 percent.

• Drug possession: 132; up 29 percent.

• Other citations: 5,948; up 19 percent.

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