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Goal: Our communities will be safe, friendly and caring

"Local residents want to be comfortable and safe in their surroundings. When people feel safe, they are more likely to be involved in their communities." [147]

Note: Descriptions used directly from a printed document are in quotation marks and cited to the source.

Indicator 29: Violent Crime

"Because of their serious nature, violent crimes are considered a better indicator of the crime situation than is total crime, which includes several minor infractions. Violent crime exacts a substantial social cost in a community and is an indicator of the presence of several determinants of criminal behavior: poverty, drug abuse, and the general acceptance of violence within the culture." [148]
Violent crime rate statistics
Location 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Fargo 158.7 167.9 160.3 253.9 269.1 290.6 323.4
*Cass County 146.1 202.5 142.1 204.6 210.3 223.9 259.9
North Dakota 78.7 83.2 94.1 138.3 138.3 161.3 200.7
United States 475.8 463.2 469.2 466.9 466.9 454.5 429.9
*Cass County statistics include Fargo data
Rate per 100,000 population in respective geographic areas.
Violent crime includes the offenses of murder/non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
Data Source: 2003-2005 Fargo Police Department [149], 2006-2009 North Dakota Attorney General [150] [151] [152] [153] [154], Federal Bureau of Investigation [155] [156] [157] [158] [159] [160] [161]

Indicator 30: Restraint Device Use in Motor Vehicle Crashes

"Safety belts, when worn correctly, are the most effective way for occupants to reduce the risk of death and serious injury in a motor vehicle crash on public roads." [104]

Occupant Fatalities, Where No Restraint Device Was Used

Occupant fatalities where no restraint device was used
Location 2006 2008 2010
Cass County 3/6 (50%) 1/2 (50%) 2/6 (50%)
North Dakota 62/95 (65%) 58/104 (55%) 37/112 (33%)
United States 15,523/28,141 (51%) 12,865/25,351 (50%) 11,512/23,382 (33%)
Raw percentage of occupant fatalities when no restraint device used in passenger car and light truck crashes out of the total number of passenger car and light truck crash fatalities in respective geographic areas.

Occupant Injuries, Where No Restraint Device Was Used

Location 2006 2008 2009
Cass County 776/1,028 (75%) 229/1,080 (21%) 152/1,067 (14%)
North Dakota 2,644/4,139 (64%) 611/3,665 (1.6%) 768/4,016 (19%)
United States 183,000/2,331,000 (7.8%) 141,000/2,072,000 (6.8%) 347/3.062 (11%)
Raw percentage of occupant injuries when no restraint device used in passenger car and light truck crashes out of the total number of passenger car and light truck crash injuries in respective geographic areas.
Data Source: Safe Communities Coalition of the Red River Valley, [164] North Dakota Department of Transportation, [106] National Highway Safety Administration. [166]

Indicator 31: Alcohol Related Motor Vehicle Crashes

"The 16,694 fatalities in alcohol-related crashes during 2003 represent an average of one alcohol-related fatality every 31 minutes." [69]

Alcohol Related Occupant Fatalities

Location 2006 2008 2009
Cass County 2/6 (33.3%) 1/8 (12%) 3/6 (50%)
North Dakota 47/111 (42.3%) 53/104 (51%) 56/140 (40%)
United States 17,602/42,642 (41%) 11,773/37,261 (35%) 10,839/33,808 (38%)
Raw percentage of alcohol related motor vehicle crash fatalities out of the total number of motor vehicle crash fatalities in respective geographic areas.
Data Source: Safe Communities Coalition of the Red River Valley, [164] North Dakota Department of Transportation, [165] National Highway Traffice Safety Administration [166]

Alcohol Related Occupant Injuries

Location 2006 2008 2009
Cass County 98/1,028 (10%) 90/1080 (8%) 56/1,067 (5%)
North Dakota 622/4,139 (15%) 347/3,062 (11%) 558/4,462 (12%)
United States 231,750/2,575,000 (9%)
Raw percentage of alcohol related motor vehicle crash injuries out of the total number of motor vehicle crash injuries in respective geographic areas.
Data Source: North Dakota Department of Transportation, [165] National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, [166] Safe Communities Coalition of the Red River Valley [164]