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Crime Down, Investments Up in Northeast Minneapolis

Updated: 06/10/2014 7:19 AM
Created: 06/09/2014 9:45 PM KSTP.com
By: Beth McDonough

New developments are helping to keep Minnesota’s largest city safe.

The success in one part of Minneapolis means opportunity for the Second Precinct, which covers north and east of the river.

Just last month, there was a violent robbery where two women were attacked, and the robber is still on the loose. The incident drew unwanted attention to the area. However, Northeast Minneapolis is now back in the news because crime is down and investment is up.

Zelda Marshall made Northeast her home. She says there's a strong sense of community and, simply put, she feels safe. City records show she's onto something.

Second Precinct Inspector Kathy Waite says crime is down 6.8 percent across all 19 neighborhoods that make up the Second Precinct. Residents know the area better as Northeast Minneapolis, Prospect Park, Marcy Holmes and the U of M Campus area stretching to Columbia Heights.

"For us to drop a percentage point is dramatic because we don't have as much crime, so we have to keep that in perspective, too," Waite said.

Violent crime in the rest of Minneapolis is up 4 percent over this time last year.

"We have our own standard," Minneapolis City Council Member for Ward 1 Kevin Reich said. "We have to run the race, run against our own standard." 

He's one of two city council members who sat down with a group of neighborhood activists to share the benefits of fewer burglaries, assaults and quality of life crimes.

“It's part of the reason there's so much investment, " activist Dan Scroggins said.

There are more than a dozen residential projects under construction to house more people interested in living there; also, six new businesses set up shop. 

To keep the pattern going in the right direction, another six officers have been added to patrols, and there's been a crackdown on repeat offenders. The police department gives part of the credit to active neighborhood organizations, too. 

As for the robber, there's a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.


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