Minneapolis/ Crime & Emergencies
Published on January 07, 2019
Minneapolis crime drops for third month; theft continues to trend downPhoto: iStock

Crime incidents in Minneapolis saw an overall decrease last month, for the third month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 27 percent, from 1,396 in November to 1,013 in December. Crime trends are often seasonal, and some of the most common offenses tend to decline in winter, which might partly explain the most recent downward trend.

The offenses most on the decline last month were theft and burglary. Theft fell from 909 reported incidents in November to 675 in December. Burglary incidents went from 287 to 165 for the month, or about a 42 percent decrease.

There were 102 assault reports last month, and 63 robbery incidents. Assault incidents dropped from 111 offenses the previous month, while robbery reports decreased by 14 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, arson reports went from one to four.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Jordan, Whittier and Seward.

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays produced the most crime incidents last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Wednesdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. Evening, late afternoon and after midnight continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

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