Hennepin County Reports Slight Uptick in Violent Crimes

Hennepin County Reports Slight Uptick in Violent Crimes Photo: KSTP

February 08, 2018 04:44 PM

Hennepin County, Minnesota's largest, is reporting a 2 percent increase in violent crime in 2017 compared to the previous year.

Data shows the rate of homicides, rape and aggravated assault were up, while business and person robberies were down.


Homicides saw the largest uptick with a 22 percent increase from 2016 to 2017. Fifty-six homicides were reported last year, compared to 46 the year before. 

Twenty-four more rapes were reported in 2017, totaling 776. While aggravated assaults increased by 173 cases, totaling 3,121.

In terms of property crimes, the largest increase was in personal motor vehicle thefts, which jumped from 2,901 cases in 2016 to 4,465 in 2017. Business burglaries increased by 225 cases, and residential burglaries were up 5 percent.

However, arson cases fell slightly, with three fewer cases and theft of personal property cases also falling 2 percent. 

“The good news is that Violent Crime is down 25 percent overall during the past 10 years, the not so good news is that we have seen a slight up-tick in Violent Crime during 2016 and 2017,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek in a press release. “The Sheriff’s Office number one priority for 2018 is to reduce Violent Crime in Hennepin County utilizing local and federal partnerships, and enforcement and investigation initiatives including our Violent Offender Task Force, warrants, and our Crime Lab.”


Theresa Malloy

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