FBI reports violent crime down, murder up in 2010 for Minneapolis, St. Paul
Conventional wisdom incorrectly holds that city streets become less safe when the economy tanks, and in a general sense the past year proved no different in most cases -- including in Minneapolis and St. Paul -- according to the FBI. The crime rate generally is falling.
But there were certainly glaring exceptions in the Twin Cities.
Minneapolis and St. Paul both saw a general decrease in violent crime reports in 2010 compared to 2009, but both cities watched their murder numbers escalate sharply (more on the Minneapolis stats here). The number of forcible rapes also climbed in both cities.
Here's the breakdown:
Minneapolis 2009 2010 Violent Crimes 4,242 4,064 Murder 18 37 Forcible Rape 413 438 Robberies 1,663 1,596 Aggravated Assault 2,148 1,993 Property Crimes 17,859 18,299 Burglary 4,741 4,787 Larceny Theft 11,320 11,609 Motor Vehicle Theft 1,798 1,903 Arson 143 116
St. Paul 2009 2010 Violent Crimes 2,137 2,112 Murder 13 16 Forcible Rape 165 183 Robberies 694 665 Aggravated Assault 1,265 1,248 Property Crimes 11,431 11,756 Burglary 2,929 2,883 Larceny Theft 6,713 6,820 Motor Vehicle Theft 1,789 2,053 Arson 145 131
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