Minneapolis crime at lowest levels in years

Crime in Minneapolis continues to drop for the third straight year and the City's homicide rate is the lowest in 25 years. City leaders announced the statistics at press conference on Thursday, July 23, and praised several initiatives that included proactive policing, targeting the most violent criminals and reducing youth violence with the decline in crime.

In 2009, there have been six murders recorded through June 30, a 66 percent drop from 18 homicides at this point in 2008, a 76 percent drop from 26 homicides in 2007, and an 81 percent drop from 32 homicides in 2006. The last time that the homicide rate was this low was 1984. The 2009 numbers tie with 1976 as the next fewest homicides recorded in four decades.

For the first time since 2001, none of the homicides in Minneapolis were of a juvenile. The number of juveniles arrested for violent crime is 15 percent lower than it was five years ago and nearly 44 percent lower than 10 years ago.

Through June 2009, citywide violent crime is nearly 17 percent lower than this point in 2008, nearly 28 percent lower than in 2007, and nearly 39 percent lower than in 2006. Violent crime in Minneapolis is more than 20 percent lower than it was 10 years ago. Other types of violent crime—robbery and aggravated assaults—have seen double-digit percentage reductions every year for five straight years in a row.

Along with violent crimes, Part 2 "livability" crimes have consistently fallen over the past decade. Part 2 crimes last year were 22 percent lower than in 2001 and 13 percent lower than in 2006.

Crime rates have fallen most dramatically in the 4th Precinct of north Minneapolis, where violent crime is down nearly 42 percent in 2009 compared to this point just three years ago.

July 23, 2009

Published Jul 23, 2009