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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 08, 2019
BCA Releases 2018 Uniform Crime Report

​ST. PAUL —The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) today released the 2018 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) decreased 6.7 percent in 2018. Murders decreased from 114 in 2017 to 104 in 2018. Rapes were up 9.3 percent in 2018. Robberies and aggravated assault both saw declines in 2018.

 

2018​ ​2017 ​2016 ​2015 ​2014
​Murder ​104 ​114 ​100 ​130 ​82
Rape​​ ​2,656 ​2,429 ​2,321 ​2,300 ​1,980
Robbery​​ ​2,941 ​3,645 ​3,725 ​3,764 ​3,645
​Aggravated Assault ​6,687 ​7,115 ​7,026 ​6,981 ​6,607
​Human Trafficking - Commercial Sex Acts* ​183 ​173 ​235 ​119 ​35
​Human Trafficking - Involuntary Servitude^ ​0 ​0 ​0 ​0 ​3

 

Property Crimes

Property crimes decreased in 2018, down 8.9 percent compared to 2017. Motor vehicle theft was up for the third straight year. But burglary, larceny and arson all saw sizeable decreases. Arson numbers dropped to their lowest number since the state began tracking arson crimes.

​2018 ​2017 ​2016 ​2015 ​2014
Burglary​ ​16,066 ​18,749 ​18,464 ​19,195 ​20,492
Larceny​​ ​85,162 ​93,455 ​89,924 ​94,392 ​95,326
​Motor vehicle ​10,073 ​9,960 ​8,649 ​7,921 ​8,201
Arson​ ​426 ​534 ​497 ​580 ​613

 

 

Additional crime data reported to the BCA

 

2018​ ​2017 ​2016 ​2015 ​2014
Homicide cleared by arrest​ ​77% ​74% ​74% ​78% ​80%
Drug abuse violation cleared by arrest ​85% ​85% ​85% ​83% ​84%
Drug abuse violation arrest for Opiates, Heroin, Cocaine, etc.​ ​2,683 ​2,315 ​1,700 ​1,800 ​1,627
​Bias motivated incidents ​127 ​147 ​122 ​96 ​98

 

There were no law enforcement fatalities in 2018

The complete 2018 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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