Police: Property crime up in Minot since flood

2011-08-05T23:45:00Z Police: Property crime up in Minot since flood Bismarck Tribune
August 05, 2011 11:45 pm

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The flooding that has kept many Minot residents out of their homes has led to a rise in burglaries and other property crimes, a police official said.

Many neighborhoods flooded by the Souris River this summer remain uninhabited, meaning there are not many people around to keep a watchful eye, Police Chief Jeff Balentine said.

In the first seven months of the year, burglary complaints rose from 15 in 2010 to 32 this year, auto thefts increased from 24 to 50 and the number of calls for police service jumped from about 3,500 to nearly 4,700.

``We have been trying to get as much visibility out there to cut crime as best we can,'' Balentine said during a City Council meeting earlier in the week. ``We know this is going to be a trying time for the city of Minot.''

The Souris River, swollen by heavy spring snowmelt and rain, swamped much of the city, damaging about 4,100 homes and businesses and forcing thousands to temporarily leave. As the city slowly begins its recovery, Balentine is urging residents to keep their homes and vehicles locked.

``We just need to take a little bit of time ... to protect ourselves,'' he said. ``Our community is changing. There's no doubt about that. We have to change with it.''

City police are being assisted by Border Patrol and other federal agents. Balentine said he has changed shifts so that more officers are on the streets at night.

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(9) Comments

  1. aceinthehole
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    aceinthehole - August 07, 2011 5:36 pm
    Not in Minot.... Crime.....????? I cant believe it.
  2. whatsnottaken
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    whatsnottaken - August 07, 2011 5:31 pm
    American Indians did not have "their" land. That simply occupied land until it was taken from them by a stronger tribe in battle, then they either died or moved on. Land ownership became a theme after "our" government began giving "them" other land (reservations) rather than eradicating from or assimilating them into society. Flawed concept from the start and the basis for all of this "take our land" stuff than still makes news today.
  3. stillhatinnd
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    stillhatinnd - August 06, 2011 5:14 pm
    I wonder if the Native Americans felt the same way when transplants moved into THIER state?? lol When they saw the wagons, they must have known they were filled with killers and thieves too.
  4. whatsnottaken
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    whatsnottaken - August 06, 2011 2:33 pm
    For those who doubt the oil patch's impact on crime in the area, check out Williston police and area county sheriff logs from the patch. Coincidence? Nah.
  5. Rugby Reader
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    Rugby Reader - August 06, 2011 12:02 pm
    NDresident: Yes. And the report is about "property" crime. Murders and stabbings are not property crimes.
  6. NDresident
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    NDresident - August 06, 2011 10:47 am
    Rugby reader...it seems most of the recent crime and the recent "murders" have been committed by Minot residents against their own...and this was BEFORE the flood...with the exception of the "hotel" stabbing where an oil field worker stabbed another oil field worker...but they were not MINOT victims, victimized by out of staters.
  7. HanpaSunka
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    HanpaSunka - August 06, 2011 9:52 am
    Rugby Reader has a point. There's something singularly scummy about people who would rob people who have already been clobbered. Similarly, we have a problem in our area with people robbing a church. And ND's 'leadership' keeps saying we need to import more people. HAH! We didn't have near as many of these kind of problems before the importation foolishness started.. More people MEANS more problems. More variety, more total. :-b
  8. six mile creek
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    six mile creek - August 06, 2011 9:15 am
    To rugby reader- Yeah-Right.
  9. Rugby Reader
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    Rugby Reader - August 06, 2011 12:57 am
    The recent up-tick in crime in Minot is the result of in-migration of less-than-desirable people to our state. Real Minoters and North Dakotans would not perpetrate crimes against one another during these times of crises. Hopefully these scum will disappear when the temps reach -40.
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