Minneapolis guns incidents, violent crime crept up in 2012

Gun incidents and violent crime are up slightly from 2011, but down from prior years.
Gun incidents and violent crime are up slightly from 2011, but down from prior years.
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Minneapolis police recorded 45 more incidents involving guns in 2012 than the year prior, marking the first uptick in at least six years, according to a new report based on police data.

Despite the minor increase, gun incidents are still down by 54 from 2010 and by 643 from 2007, the report shows. The number of reported gunshot victims also dropped by a single incident from 2011 to 2012.

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A few more highlights from the report:

  • Violent crime also crept up from 2011 by a total of 139 incidents. That breaks down to five more homicides, 130 more robberies, nine more rapes, and five fewer aggravated assaults. The aggregate of all four crimes is down by 185 from 2010 and by 2,350 from 2006, the year violent crime spiked in Minneapolis.
  • In a comparison of similar cities, Minneapolis has a higher homicide rate per 100,000 people than St. Paul, Seattle, Sacramento, Portland; the homicide rate is lower than in Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Memphis, Oakland, and St. Louis.
  • Of the city's 42 reported homicides in 2012, police closed 73 percent of cases.

  • The total number of juveniles who were victims of violent crimes rose by 94 from 2011. That's down by 91 from 2010, and by 317 from 2006.
  • Policer seized a total of 792 guns in 2012. More than half of these came from the Fourth Precinct, which encompasses north Minneapolis.

    Read the full report here.

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