ST. PAUL, Minn – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says murder hit a six year high in 2013, while rape hit a 23 year low. According to the agency’s 2013 Uniform Crime Report, there were 111 murders in Minnesota last year, the most since 109 homicides in 2008. There were also 1,971 rapes in the state in 2013, the first time that number has been below 2,000 since 1990.
Overall, violent crime in Minnesota increased by 1.2 percent in 2013, largely due to an uptick in robberies and aggravated assaults. Cases of burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft also hit five year lows in 2013, while incidents of arson rose to a five year high.
Local law enforcement is required to report crime data to the state, which in turn must provide the information to the FBI. The complete report can be viewed online at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/mnjis/Pages/uniform-crime-reports.aspx.