Minneapolis crime remains near 30-year lows
The final crime statistics are in for 2013, and both overall crime and violent crime rates in Minneapolis remain at some of the lowest levels in 30 years. Overall crime rose less than one percent, making the last five years the years with the lowest number of crimes in the city since the 1960s. Violent crime, which includes homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, rose 4.1 percent. However, 2013 and the three years before it had the lowest levels of violent crime in the city since the early 1980s.
Here are a few highlights from the 2013 crime results:
- Burglary was down 3.5 percent from 2012 to 2013, which means 167 fewer households were the victims of burglaries.
- Crime committed by juveniles, which was a focus of the Police Department and many partners in 2013, was down by 4.6 percent.
- Violent crime was up most significantly in the Fourth Precinct on the North Side, with an increase of 24 percent. The North Side also saw the biggest increase in enforcement, at 12 percent.
- Violent crime was down most significantly in the Third Precinct in south Minneapolis, falling by 13 percent.
Looking ahead to 2014, the Minneapolis Police Department will continue to pursue strategies that are getting results, and will also begin new initiatives in some areas. Specifically:
- Northside neighborhood beats, where police spend more time on foot, talking with residents and businesses and building relationships, will continue. These types of beats may be expanded to other parts of the city.
- Additional staff have been assigned to the robbery and assault division, in order to keep police ahead of the curve, given an increase in smart phone and electronics thefts.
- New in 2014, Minneapolis Police will start a program called Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) to help School Resource Officers better connect with youth and help them build the life skills they need to be successful.
- Chief Harteau will start a Chief’s Youth Citizen Advisory Council, which will create new opportunities for youth to be involved in the work the MPD does to prevent youth violence.
- The department will move forward with implementing the use of body cameras for officers in 2014, starting with a pilot program.
Published Jan. 7, 2014