Matt Laible, City of Minneapolis, 612-673-2786 

Minneapolis crime remains near 30-year lows

Jan. 7, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) 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.

"We see the great work of the police and the community reflected in these low crime numbers, but we know there is still much more work to do, and that some parts of our city have serious challenges still ahead," said Mayor Betsy Hodges. "I'm encouraged by the steps the Police Department has been taking in the last year. Getting officers out of cars and onto the streets is just one way that they're building stronger community connections than ever before.”

Mayor Hodges continued, “Minneapolis is a safe city, and those relationships will only help make this an ever safer city in the future."

"Overall, we have had a very successful year,” said Police Chief Janeé Harteau.  “Minneapolis should be proud of its police department and our community partners who have worked diligently to keep crime at some of our lowest levels in decades. As a result, we have built true partnerships that are enhancing overall public safety and viability in our neighborhoods, while building public trust and confidence.”

Here are a few highlights from the 2013 crime results:

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:

 

Published Jan 7, 2014