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At the halfway point of the year, violent crime was up in Hennepin County

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Violent crime is up in Hennepin County through the first six months of 2015.

From January through June, the total estimated number of such crimes is up 8 percent compared to last year, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.

Violent crimes include murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

In the release, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek called it a "red flag," while noting the negative impact violent crime has on residents.

“Lives are at stake," he said. "I urge community leaders and residents to prioritize public safety. We all share the responsibility to prevent crime and partner in keeping our families and neighborhoods safe.”

You can view the county neighborhood crime map, which pinpoints instances of specific crimes, by clicking here.

When broken down, homicides – which includes murder and manslaughter – are up 37 percent compared to 2014. Rape, business robbery and aggravated assault incidents have also increased.

The only crime to decrease is person-on-person robberies, the sheriff's office notes.

In July, USA Today wrote homicide rates in large U.S. cities were seeing a huge surge in 2015, mentioning Milwaukee, New Orleans, St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Minneapolis and Baltimore specifically.

Stanek, according to the sheriff's office release, has funneled agency resources into the Violent Offender Task Force. The county crime lab has also increased its case load by 9 percent.

The sheriff's office also mentioned property crime through the first half of 2015 is down 5 percent compared to last year.

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