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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

Related: Read the full FBI report by clicking here.


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