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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 02, 2018
BCA Releases 2017 Uniform Crime Report

​ST. PAUL —The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) today released the 2017 Uniform Crime Report. Local law enforcement agencies must report their crime data each year to the BCA to meet state and federal reporting requirements. The BCA compiles the data into an annual report and provides required data to the FBI for its reporting purposes.

Violent Crimes

Violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, human trafficking and aggravated assault) increased 0.5 percent in 2017. Murders increased from 100 in 2016 to 119 in 2017. Rapes and aggravated assaults were both up slightly in 2017. Robberies were down slightly in 2017.
2017​ ​2016 ​2015 ​2014 ​2013
​Murder ​119 ​100 ​130 ​82 ​111
Rape​ ​2,429 ​2,321 ​2,300 ​1,980 ​1,971
Robbery​​ ​3,645 ​3,725 ​3,764 ​3,645 ​3,661
Aggravated Assault​​ ​7,110 ​7,026 ​6,981 ​6,607 ​6,726
Human Trafficking - Commercial Sex Acts* ​173 ​325 ​119 ​35 ​*
Human Trafficking - Involuntary Servitude^​ ​0 ​0 ​0 ​3 ​*
 

Property Crimes

 

Property crimes saw increasing numbers in 2017, up 4.4 percent compared to 2016. Motor vehicle theft hit a ten-year high and was up 15.2 percent over 2016. Arson numbers also rose, up 7.4 percent in 2017.
2017​ ​2016 ​2015 ​2014 ​2013
​Burglary ​18,749 ​18,464 ​19,195 ​20,492 ​22,500
Larceny​​ ​93,455 ​89,924 ​94,392 ​95,326 ​99,794
Motor vehicle theft​ ​9,960 ​8,649 ​7,921 ​8,201 ​7,873
Arson​​ ​534 ​497 ​580 ​613 ​694

 

Additional crime data reported to the BCA

 
​2017 ​2016 ​2015 ​214 ​2013
Homicide cleared by arrest​ ​74% ​74% ​78% ​80% ​68%
​Drug abuse violation cleared by arrest​ ​85% ​85% ​83% ​84% ​83%
Drug abuse violation arrest for Opiates, Heroin, Cocaine, etc.​ ​2,315 ​1,700 ​1,800 ​1,627 ​1,699
Bias motivated incidents​ ​147 ​122 ​96 ​98 ​154
 

There was one law enforcement fatality in 2017.

The complete 2017 report can be viewed on the BCA Website.  Additional years’ reports can be found on the same page.

Definitions and explanations

⁺ Includes offenses where a person was induced by fraud or coercion to participate in commercial sex acts, or in which the person induced to perform such act(s) has not attained 18 years of age.

^ Includes offenses where a person(s) is obtained through recruitment, harboring, transportation, or provision and subjected by force, fraud, or coercion into involuntary servitude, peonage, debt,   bondage, or slavery.

About the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) provides investigative and specialized law enforcement services to prevent and solve crimes in partnership with law enforcement, public safety and criminal justice agencies. Services include criminal justice training, forensic laboratory analysis, criminal histories and investigations.

 

About the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

DPS comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.
 
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