Minneapolis crime recap: Theft drops, assault rises

Crime incidents in Minneapolis saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 240 for the week of January 14, down from 277 the week before.

Theft and burglary led the decrease in crime reports. Theft fell to 168 incidents last week, from 185 the week before. Burglary went from 51 to 36.

There were 10 reported robbery incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 15 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 23 to 25.

Of those incidents, one involved an arrest, down from two reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Downtown West, Whittier, and Hawthorne had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown West and Whittier were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Lowry Hill East experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Elliot Park also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Folwell are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays produced the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sundays, Wednesdays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Mondays went up. Late afternoon, evening and after midnight saw the most crime last week.

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