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Murder up 26 percent in Minnesota between 2011 and 2012, all violent crime increased slightly

Between 2011 and 2012, Minnesota saw more serious crime, according to a report out today from the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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The overall rate of violent crime in the state increased by 3.8 percent, and property crimes by 1.2 percent.

While rape and burglary decreased slightly -- by 1 percent and 1.3 percent -- the rest of the serious crime categories became more common between the years. Most notably, the number of arson crimes jumped 17.7 percent, and murders increased 26 percent.

Don't panic yet: That steep change doesn't mean that killing sprees broke out across the state in 2012. But for the past four years, the murder numbers have fluctuated. So while there were 92 murders in Minnesota in 2012, and just 73 occurred in 2011, when compared with 2008's 109 killings, this past year looks like progress.

The statewide numbers mirror those of Minneapolis, which also crept up in 2012.Read the full report here.


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