Crime drops in Williston

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

If Williston Police Chief Dennise Strow looks a little happier these days, maybe it’s because during 2013 he saw a huge reduction in crime in the city he watches over.

Two weeks ago, Strow shared with the Williston City Council the numbers that back up his department’s efforts in keeping residents safe.

In 2012, 122 offenses were investigated. That number dropped to 98 during the last year for a reduction of 20 percent.

Larceny, burglary and other theft offenses topped the list with 86 of those crimes being committed.

Rounding out the other 12 were one forcible sex offense, 10 aggravated assault cases and one arson.

Strow said 17 arrests were made in those 98 cases and the Williston Police Department boasts a 31.6 percent clearance rate, some 10 percent higher than the state average of 21.