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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 08, 2013
Minnesota Violent Crimes Up Slightly in 2012
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Releases 2012 Uniform Crime Report

Minnesota saw a slight rise in its most serious crimes in 2012. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) today released its 2012 Uniform Crime Report. It shows a 3.4 percent increase in violent crimes compared to 2011.

Local law enforcement agencies are required to report their crime data to the BCA to meet state and federal reporting requirements. The BCA compiles the data into its annual reports and provides required data to the FBI for its reporting purposes.

Violent Crimes

2012​ ​2011 ​% change
Murder​ 92​ 73​ 26%​
Rape​ 2,060​ 2,080​  -1%​
Robbery​  3,450​ 3,359​ 2.7%​
Aggravated Assault​ 6,721​ 6,364​ 5.6%​

 

While in 2012 murder saw a 26 percent increase over 2011, data collected over the past five years show significant fluctuation in this number. Rapes maintained a slightly lower rate in 2012 than had been seen in 2008-2011. Robbery continues a steady downward trend and aggravated assault saw a small increase after steady declines over the past several years.

2012​ ​2011 ​2010 ​2009 ​2008
Murder​ 92​ 73​ 90​ 69​ 109​
Rape​ 2,060​ ​2,080 ​2,230 ​2,229 ​2,292
Robbery​ 3,450​ ​3,359 ​3,363 ​3,607 ​4,148
Aggravated Assault​ 6,721​ ​6,364 ​6,978 ​7,131 ​7,536

 

 

Property Crimes 

 

2012​ 2011​ % change​
Burglary​ 24,829 25,153​ -1.3%​
Larceny​ 102,154​ 100,636​ 1.5%​
Motor Vehicle Theft​ 8,251​ 8,251​ 4.1%​
Arson​ 773​ 773​ 17.7%​
 
Burglary numbers have remained steady over the past five years, with fluctuations of less than 5 percent each year. Larceny law a slight rise after several years of declining numbers. Motor vehicle theft rose again in 2012 after seeing a drop in 2011, and the number of arsons rose in 2012 after two consecutive years below 700.
 
2012​ ​2011 ​2010 ​2009 ​2008
Burglary​ 24,829​ 24,829​ 23,947​ 25,165​ 26,063​
Larceny​​ 102,154​ 100,636​ 101,616​ 103,695​ 110,372​
Motor Vehicle Theft​​ 8,251​ 7,927​ 8,398​ 8,379​ 9,948​
Arson​​ 773​ 657​ ​675 ​809 ​908
 
The Uniform Crime Report section on Missing Persons was updated in 2012. Rather than including only data on active missing children cases, the report now reflects total missing person cases reported throughout the year.
 

Additional crime data reported to the BCA

 

2012​ ​2011 ​2010
Criminal homicide cleared by arrest ​ ​79% ​74% ​79%
Narcotics arrests​ ​83% ​85% ​88%
Pursuits resulting in fatality​ ​2 ​7 ​5
Pursuits terminated by officer/supervisor​ ​9% ​8% ​4%
Bias motivated crimes​ ​175 ​170 ​129

 

The complete 2012 report can be viewed on the BCA Website at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/mnjis/Pages/uniform-crime-reports.aspx. Additional years’ reports can be found on the same page.

About the Minnesota Department Public Safety

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.
 

About the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety 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.
 

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Highlights

• The BCA Justice Information Services in 2012 processed 25,000+ complaints and 227,000+ citations in eCharging. Learn more about eCharging:
https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/mnjis/Documents/eCharging%20Fact%20Sheet%20May%202011.docx 
• The BCA Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in 2012 received more than 800 cyber tips and trained more than 500 law enforcement on internet crimes investigations. Learn more about ICAC: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/investigations/Pages/internet-crime-against-children.aspx 
 
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