UndercoverMan saidIs crime that out of control in North Dakota?
It never was in the 11 years I lived in ND, beginning in 1983 and ending in late 2006 (with an interruption).
This is actually North Dakota's second oil boom, the other winding down when I first arrived, in the same towns roadbikeRob mentions. They've dealt with this before.
And had the same problem with crime in oil boom towns. Texas & Oklahoma also experienced the same during their own oil booms close to 100 years ago.
The rest of the State is relatively crime-free and peaceful, although crack has appeared in some areas. These are hard-working farm & ranch people, regular Lutheran church goers. They voted against gay rights, but liked me personally, despite knowing I was gay, a dichotomy I never fully understood.
The population of the entire State is less than Brooklyn, New York. Look at a map, see how huge it is. When you get out to the western half, where the oil boom is, you can drive many miles and not see a single dwelling.
Almost half the population is concentrated in only 4 cities, each distant from each other: Bismarck (the Capital); Fargo; Grand Forks; and Minot. In the US census some counties are designated as Frontier, meaning they have 2 or less residents per square mile!
The correct answer is to increase traditional law enforcement methods on the ground in these locales. Not to be flying drones in the sky. How does a drone handle a drunk oilman inside a bar, the real problem these towns face? Or a domestic disturbance indoors? This is a stupid response, that fails to correctly address the problem. But I think to satisfy a different agenda altogether.