Violent Crime In Minneapolis At Lowest Levels In Decades

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The City of Minneapolis is reporting some of the lowest levels of violent crime the city has seen since the 1960s.

According to figures released Friday by Minneapolis Police, overall violent crime in 2011 fell 6.3 percent from 2010 levels. The department reported an overall decrease in violent crime of 42 percent since 2005. Homicides have decreased in similar proportion since 2006.

The numbers reflect the lowest incidence of violent crime in the city since 1983.

However, the death of 3-year-old Terrell Mayes Jr., who suffered a seemingly random bullet to the head in his home in December, certainly casts a shadow over what city leaders call dramatic progress.

Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan attributes the drop in violent crime to community involvement, newer technology (like the ShotSpotters, which detect gunfire) and an emphasis on getting guns off the street. Last year, police recovered 515 guns.

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Two of the areas police said they still need to work on is the number of young people committing crimes. Over the summer, three teenagers died of gunshot wounds in north Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said the community also has to be “resolved to make sure if one young person is lost, all of us have to double down our efforts and make it even safer.”

The city says that after years of cuts, they’ll have more money in 2012 to put into programs to help kids and teenagers.

Minneapolis also says its work in deterring crime in specific places, such as Peavey Park, has paid off. One reason the Peavey Park efforts worked so well is because an emphasis was put on scheduling family-friendly activities in the park. Those activities brought in friendly people and discourage troublemakers.

On the other hand, Minneapolis has seen an increase in crimes like burglary and theft. Taken together, violent crime and property crime are up 4.3 percent.

Authorities said that in 95 percent of property crimes could have been prevented. Authorities advise people to keep their garage doors shut and to never store valuables (like computers) in their cars.

  • teabaghater

    ya i dont see any comments about how bad mpls is Ha! Where are all the dorks talking about how bad and unsafe mpls is now

  • jonah

    We have only the thugs in badges and the over zealous, ambitous, future politician, city atoorneys to thank for this, right?

  • hey

    This is a crock of sh.
    Everyone knows it.
    It isn’t violent crime until they are caught doing something.

  • Murph

    Out here in the country I saw some crows harrassing a Canadian snowy owl.These crows do that to local owls all the time.This owly old Canuck bird sudden swung into one of the crows lifted its talons and crushed it’s empty head! The crows were now even louder than before.But now stayed far behind this foreigner! So I guess the lesson is don’t mess with someone you don’t know! No violent crimes other than the one with the birds happening here in the woods!

  • stubby

    It’s down because the gang bangers keeps shooting each other…..sooner or later you’re going to run out of ‘um.

  • G dog

    Dont bet on it…
    Not if they keep gettin paid to have ’em!!

    • G Dog

      Stop using my handle Dirtbag!! There is one G Dog and I’m he.

      Help me here, Kevin.

      • Kevin

        Brother there are those with no sacks who toss glitter and toss salad…they dont have the brains to make an intelligent quote…so they use your name to be oh so “clever”……they call you a racist…or hateful or I was called a terrible human being the other day because I am going to a cop funeral……F’ em me boy……someday they will pull the gerbal out and get a life…

  • Dale Gribble

    More DemocRAT lies!!!! Violent crime is at the highest level ever in the history of the city. Black gangs roam the city, murdering, robibing and raping at will. Mayor Ryback refuses to enforce the law because his DFL masters need the votes of minorities and Muslims.

  • G Dog

    Dale, Dale, Dale.

    We all hate it when you are off your meds and ranting things that make little sense.

    Call your shrink. Soon

    • Dale Gribble

      G Dog, that is, if you really ARE G Dog, why would you put your head in the sand. The city of Minneapolis is a warzone and every white person there is in grave danger. Why would you keep your head in the sand?

      • G Dog

        My head is not in the sand, but I have a feeling yours is in a white hood…..

  • Jason

    Violent crime down, but crime in general up. This is a good thing? Keep drinking the koolaid.

  • Common sense

    Violent crime in Minnesota is 50% higher than in St. Paul. 1,053.7 vs. 751.2 per 100,000 people.

    Why are we celebrating our “drop”?

  • bigtime welfare and crime

    Sure there is. Who takes a guy in bike shorts and a helmet seriously. Sorry for those stuck in Mpls.

  • ZJ

    Why is violent crime down in Minneapolis? Well, maybe not a direct correlation to poverty but look at Minneapolis rents, waiting lists for section 8 housing and then look at how many people from Minneapolis are coming to DULUTH – we have convicted felons from Minneapolis everywhere in downtown Duluth not only getting into housing but apparently working a few hustles here because they’re not leaving, and more are arriving…when they’re arrested their names, ‘last known address’ and crimes are reported. It’s cheap in Duluth, there’s lots of other felons, and apparently enough easy girls for them to mooch off of in the meantime. I vote to send Minneapolis’ problems right back to Minneapolis.

    • Brett

      Wait until we get that cheap, fast, SUBSIDIZED rail line going to Duloot. The dangsters will be up there in no time. Think you have problems now? Just wait and see….

  • Kevin

    However, taken together, violent crime and property crime are up slightly at 4.3 percent……What? Are you getting this?

    I work in N Mpls. And trust me if you believe this election year bs….you should walk to the nearest bridge and cleanse the gene pool….

    I love election years…..

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