Crime in Minneapolis remains at lowest levels in decades
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Police Chief Janeé Harteau today (Jan. 4) released statistics showing that violent crime in 2012 was at the second-lowest level since 1983, and only slightly higher than the recent low of 2011. In addition, Part I crime (violent and property crime together) remains at low levels comparable to the mid-1960s.
Highlights of the 2012 year-end crime statistics that Mayor Rybak and Chief Harteau released today include:
The number of violent crimes committed in 2012 was lower than any year since 1983, with the exception of 2011.
Violent crime rose 4% citywide in 2012 compared to 2011.
The largest decline in violent crime took place in the Fifth Precinct, where it fell 17.7% compared to 2011.
Violent and property crime combined (Part I crime) remained flat — rising only 1.3% compared to 2011 — and stayed at levels comparable to the mid-1960s.
Burglary, an enforcement priority of the Minneapolis Police Department in 2012, fell 6% citywide compared to 2011.
The largest decline in burglary took place in the Second Precinct, where it fell 12% compared to 2011.
This decline in burglary in 2012 erases a rise in burglary in 2011 and brings it back to the lower levels of 2009 and 2010.
The numbers of youth diverted for curfew and truancy violations increased 34% in 2012 compared to 2011.
The number of guns recovered increased 27.5% in 2012 compared to 2011.
The slides with these statistics and more that were presented at today’s press conference are available at: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/www/groups/public/@mayor/documents/webcontent/wcms1p-102331.pdf.
Published Jan. 4, 2013