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Minnesota saw record number of murders in 2020, BCA says

The BCA released its annual Uniform Crime Report on Tuesday.

There were a record number of murders in Minnesota in 2020, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's (BCA) Uniform Crime Report

The report, released Tuesday, shows there were 186 murders in Minnesota in 2020, a 58.1% increase compared to 2019, and 2020 marked the most murders in the report's history, exceeding the previous record of 183 murders in 1995.

Of the murders in 2020, 82 were reported by the Minneapolis Police Department and 32 were reported by the St. Paul Police Department. 

The agencies that reported the other murders in the state in 2020 are: 

  • Maple Grove Police Department — 7
  • Bloomington Police Department — 5
  • Rochester Police Department — 5
  • Austin Police Department — 4
  • Apple Valley Police Department — 3
  • Beltrami County Sheriff's Office — 3
  • Anoka County Sheriff's Office — 2
  • Crystal Police Department — 2
  • Blaine Police Department — 2
  • Cloquet Police Department — 2
  • Moorhead Police Department — 2
  • Sherburne County Sheriff's Office — 2
  • South St. Paul Police Department — 2
  • West St. Paul Police Department — 2
  • Bemidji Police Department — 1
  • Brooklyn Park Police Department — 1
  • Clay County Sheriff's Office — 1
  • Columbia Heights Police Department — 1
  • Coon Rapids Police Department — 1
  • Eagan Police Department — 1
  • Elk River Police Department — 1
  • Forest Lake Police Department — 1
  • Goodhue County Sheriff's Office — 1
  • Hawley Police Department — 1
  • Hector Police Department — 1
  • Lino Lakes Police Department — 1
  • Mankato Department of Public Safety — 1
  • Metropolitan Transit Police Department — 1
  • Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office — 1
  • Olmsted County Sheriff's Office — 1
  • Owatonna Police Department — 1
  • Perham Police Department — 1
  • Pine County Sheriff's Office — 1
  • Ramsey County Sheriff's Office — 1
  • Roseau County Sheriff's Office — 1
  • Savage Police Department — 1
  • Scott County Sheriff's Office — 1
  • Shakopee Police Department — 1
  • St. Cloud Police Department — 1
  • St. Louis County Sheriff's Office — 1
  • Todd County Sheriff's Office — 1
  • Winona County Sheriff's Office — 1

Overall, violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, human trafficking) were up 16.6% in 2020 compared to 2019. 

Robberies were up in 2020 compared to 2019 and were the highest they've been in at least five years, with 3,885 reported last year. 

Aggravated assault was also up, with 8,203 reported in 2020, marking the highest in five years. 

Rape was down though, with 2,222 reported in 2020, marking the lowest in the past five years. 

And human trafficking-commercial sex acts was down, with 81 reported in 2020 compared to 128 in 2019. However, human trafficking-involuntary servitude was up, with 13 reported in 2020 compared to 10 in 2019 and zero from 2016-2018. 

Other findings

— Arsons, which had on a "significant downward trend" over the past several years, rose 53.7% in 2020 compared to 2019, the BCA says. There were 710 arsons reported in 2020 compared to 462 in 2019. 

— Motor vehicle thefts were up 19.7% in 2020, with 13,662 vehicles stolen compared to 11,410 stolen in 2019. This marks the highest number of vehicle thefts since 2005, the BCA said. 

— Bias crimes "rose sharply" in 2020. There were 223 incidents reported, marking the highest in 15 years. Of those reported last year, 41% were motivated by anti-Black or African American bias and 

— There were 31 instances where police shot someone in 2020, up six from 2019.. The BCA says th incidents were "almost evenly split" between the Twin Cities metro and greater Minnesota. 

— Officers were assaulted 667 times in the line of duty, a 62% increase over 2019 and more than any other year on record. 

— The value of property stolen in 2020 was more than $216 million, which is a 54.5% increase over 2019. Some of the biggest increases in items stolen were in food and grooming products, money and vehicles, the BCA says.

Law enforcement agencies report crime data to the BCA annually in order to meet state and federal reporting requirements. The BCA then compiles the data into its Uniform Crime Report, which it releases and sends to the FBI for its annual report, which typically is released in the fall. 

It's worth noting that not all law enforcement agencies in Minnesota reported all information to the BCA for the uniform crime report, so the data may not be complete. 

You can read the full report here and previous years' reports here

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