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Crime rates climb in Minot as residents continue to increase; meth cases up significantly

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MINOT, North Dakota — Crime rates in Minot continue to increase as more residents establish in the area.

The Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/1sZK40b ) reports that in major crimes have almost doubled since 2010. Authorities tallied less than 600 in 2010, but the number reached more than 1,100 last year.

Police Chief Jason Olson says the department's detective caseloads have doubled even when the number of detectives has gone from seven to 11.

Officials say they've noticed a significant increase in methamphetamine-related incidents. Olson says the department used to see one meth arrest for every 10 marijuana arrests. Now, he says, it's about 50-50.

Olson adds that most of the property crimes such as theft, burglary and breaking and entering are also drug related, as users steal to fund their addiction.


Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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