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N.D. crime up 7.9 percent in 2012

BISMARCK -- Crime in North Dakota is up 7.9 percent in 2012 from 2011.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem released the state's annual crime report today that found 14,866 offenses were reported by local law enforcement in 2012, up from 13,778 in 2011.

The report breaks down offenses in two categories. Violent crimes are murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes are burglary and theft.

Violent crimes, which accounts for 10 percent of all crimes, increased 7.2 percent from 1,353 in 2011 to 1,451 in 2012.

Property crimes, which accounts for 90 percent of offenses, increased by 8 percent, with 13,415 reported in 2012 compared to 12,425 in 2011.

The number of reported cases for rape and robberies have hit a 10-year high with the state seeing the highest amount of homicides at 20 since 1993 when there were 22.

The number of aggravated assaults in 12 oil-producing counties increased by 1 percent from 280 in 2011 to 282 in 2012.