- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Rates of serious crimes in North Dakota’ capital city in 2013 dropped from the previous year.

The most serious personal crime categories in Bismarck dropped nearly 9 percent compared to 2012, and serious property crime also dropped about 9 percent. Calls for service decreased 6 percent.

Police Chief Dan Donlin says an increased crime prevention effort is one of the reasons.

However, there were some numbers of concern. Arrests increased 21 percent, drug violations were up 12 percent, and weapons violations were up 54 percent. Donlin says officers are seeing an increase in weapons.

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