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Violent crime fell in Minnesota last year, with the exception of sexual assault

Crime fell almost across the board in Minnesota last year.

The latest crime figures released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety shows that the number of most violent and properties crimes fell across the state in 2018.

There were fewer murders, aggravated assaults, robberies, arsons, burglaries, and larcenies reported in the state last year, according to the 2018 Uniform Crime Report released on Monday.

Overall violent crimes dipped 6.7 percent compared to 2017, with the only significant increase coming in the rape category, which rose by 9.3 percent in 2018.

There was also a slight increase in arrests for human trafficking.

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The figures show that there were 104 homicides reported in Minnesota last year, down from 114 the year before, albeit more than the 100 in 2016 and 82 in 2014.

Of those, 77 percent of the homicides were "cleared by arrest," which is the highest rate since 2015, with only 74 percent of homicides cleared by arrest in both 2016 and 2017.

There was also a decrease in "bias-motivated incidents," down from 147 in 2017 to 127 in 2018. However, this is still the second highest number reported in the last five years.

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Worryingly, considering the ongoing battle to address the opioids crisis, is that there were 2,683 "drug abuse violation arrests" for drugs including opioids, heroin, cocaine and others. 

This is a 15.9 percent increase on the year before, and a 58.7 percent increase on the number of arrests in 2016.

There were significant decreases in burglaries, larcenies and arsons, which were all at the lowest they've been in the past five years.

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The Uniform Crime Report figures are based upon the crime statistics reported to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension by local law enforcement agencies across the state to meet state and federal reporting requirements.

The data will be forwarded to the FBI for its own reporting purposes.

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