Mpls. Crime Rate in 2012 on Track to be Lowest in 30 Years
The City of Minneapolis says the crime rate this year is on pace to be among the lowest in the last 30 years. This comes after an upswing in crime figures earlier this year.
Final crime numbers won't be available until early January. However, as of Dec. 17, the department said citywide Part I crime (which includes violent and property crime), is up less than one percent over 2011.
According to the city, that means the last four years have seen the lowest level of those crimes since the early 1960s.
In a press release the City of Minneapolis said:
"Violent crime, which accounts for about 17 percent of the city’s total Part I crime, increased in 2012 about 7.6 percent over 2011. The first few months of the year were the primary drivers of the increase, especially when compared to 2011, which saw the lowest levels of violent crime in the city in 30 years. As of the beginning of April 2012, violent crime had risen 32 percent over the same period in 2011. Decreases in violent crime throughout the rest of the year, however, have brought that number down to the current 7.6 percent increase as of mid-December."
These numbers are preliminary, the police department expects final figures to vary slightly once the annual numbers are calculated in January.