Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Minneapolis Quagmire crime stats

We've been hearing about the rise in number of robberies in Minneapolis, as documented in this prior Rambix post: "Minneapolis crime - It's a Quagmire!". Sometimes it also helps to go right to the Source: "MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT UNIFORM CRIME REPORT SUMMARY October 2005". The latest stats are from October 2005.

The media published the 21% increase in robberies for the year (through October 2005), but there are other interesting numbers. Consistent with Rambix' reports of escalating crime, robberies in the City of Minneapolis in October were 25% higher than the comparable period in 2004. Overall Part 1 crimes (Homicide, robbery, rape, agg. assault, burglary, larceny, MVT, arson) increased 23% in the October 2005 vs. October 2004 period.

Moreover, in the 5th Precinct, which includes Uptown, robberies increased 7% in the January to October 2005 vs. 2004 period, but in October 2005 vs. October 2004, robberies increased 11%, and total Part 1 crimes increased 32% for the same period!

Great job, mayor Ryback!