Minneapolis weekly crime report: Theft drops, assault rises in overall slight decrease

Crime incidents in Minneapolis saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 262 for the week of Jan. 21, down from 274 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime reports was led by theft, which fell to 169 incidents last week, from 193 the week before.

There was one reported arson last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 25 to 31. Incidents of burglary rose from 43 to 47, and robbery went up from 10 to 14.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Downtown West, Powderhorn Park, and Lowry Hill East had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown West was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Whittier decreased the most. Crime reports in Hawthorne also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Downtown West are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Fridays, Wednesdays and Mondays witnessed the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Thursdays, Mondays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Wednesdays and Saturdays and went up. Evening, after midnight and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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