Posted 12/01/15 (Tue)
By Kevin Killough
In Tioga, you’re far more likely to be assaulted than have your home burglarized.
RoadSnacks, a North Carolina-based news site that creates short articles based on available data, ranked North Dakota cities on their crime rates based on FBI Uniform Crime Reports for 2012 and 2013, the latest years available.
The site only looked at cities with at least 1,000 population. When looking at both property crime and violent crime, Tioga ranks ninth in the state in per-capita crime rates. But when it comes to violent crime, Tioga is first.
Tioga Police spokesman Jeff Spivey said that’s because bar fights are counted among violent crimes.
He adds that police have quieted that situation down considerably since 2013.
In 2013, Tioga had no murders. The city did count one case of rape, making a per capita rate of about 1 reported case for every 1,247 people, based on the 2010 Census.
This compares to Williston’s 1 rape case in 949. Jamestown was the highest in this category with 22 reported cases of rape for a rate of one rape per 694 residents.
The rest of the violent crime was a total of five aggravated assaults.
When it comes to property crime, however, Tioga is one of the safest towns in the oil patch. Out of 32 cities with a population over 1,000, Tioga came in at 15 with a total of 22 property crimes.
Spivey said police presence in the town is the reason.
“We have a lot of officers on patrol,” he said.
He said the stats show proactivity does pay off.
The FBI counts burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson as property crimes. The town had two cases of burglary, 14 cases of larceny, and six cases of car theft.
In the RoadSnacks ratings, Watford City came in first for overall crime in 2012 and 2013, followed closely by Williston.
To give all this some perspective, North Dakota ranks right behind New Hampshire as the second safest state in the country.