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Violent crimes increased in Minnesota last year

The BCA released its annual violent crimes report on Monday.

A violent crimes report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released Monday reveals that there was an increase in murders, rapes and aggravated assaults in Minnesota in 2017. 

Murders the last five years: 

  • 2017 - 119
  • 2016 - 100
  • 2015 - 130
  • 2014 - 82
  • 2013 - 111

Reported rapes the last five years: 

  • 2017 - 2,429
  • 2016 - 2,321
  • 2015 - 2,300
  • 2014 - 1,980
  • 2013 - 1,971

Aggravated assaults the last five years: 

  • 2017 - 7,110
  • 2016 - 7,026
  • 2015 - 6,981
  • 2014 - 6,607
  • 2013 - 6,726

Robberies, meanwhile, were down slightly from 2016 with 3,645, tied for the lowest total over the last five years. 

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