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Associated Press, Published June 06 2013

Crime up in North Dakota's capital city

BISMARCK — Crime is up in North Dakota's capital city, but Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin says that shouldn't come as a surprise given the city's continued growth.

Police say 17 percent more crimes were reported in 2012 than in 2011 — an increase of more than 2,000 crimes.

Serious crimes against people, such as murder, rape, assault and kidnapping, rose 19 percent. Serious property crimes such as burglary, robbery, theft and drug offenses rose 18 percent.

Misdemeanor crimes such as drunken driving and trespassing went up more than 7 percent.

Donlin says arrests are keeping pace with the increase in crime, though he says the Police Department has struggled to find candidates for officer positions.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.