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Serious crime dropped by more than 7% in St. Paul last year

There was a drop in robberies and homicides.

Crime fell by 7.2 percent in St. Paul last year, according to new preliminary figures released by the city's police department.

St. Paul PD data says that the drop was driven by "significant decreases" in homicides as well as robberies, thefts, and arsons.

It's not all good news though, as there was a worrying rise in the number of rapes, which increased 27.6 percent, along with smaller rises in motor vehicle thefts and aggravated assaults.

Here's a look at the numbers of "Part 1 offenses" as defined by the FBI in St. Paul last year.

  • 15 criminal homicides (down 31.8 percent)
  • 560 robberies (down 19.7 percent)
  • 1,909 burglaries (down 16.1 percent)
  • 5,877 thefts (down 10.6 percent)
  • 110 arsons (down 23.1 percent)
  • 1,089 aggravated assaults (up 2.7 percent),
  • 2,296 motor vehicle thefts (up 10.2 percent)
  • 277 rapes (up 27.6 percent)

The 15 homicides in St. Paul represents the lowest number since 2014, when there were 11. The 277 rapes however is the highest number seen in at least the past 5 years.

Police chief Todd Axtell attributed the overall fall in crime to increased engagement and partnerships between communities, businesses, and social services with the police.

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"Saint Paul is a city united in its effort to keep our streets safe for everyone," he said. "Our officers are building strong relationships. Community members are engaging with their police department at historic levels. And businesses are investing in our city and creating opportunities for people to succeed."

"Combined, this adds up to a safe place to live, raise families, work and play. But we know that we must remain vigilant and galvanized in our resolve to keep the peace and maintain public safety today, tomorrow and into the future."

Here's a look at St. Paul's "Part 1" crimes between 2013 and 2017.

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