Gun crimes rise 8% in Minneapolis last year


A new report says gun-related incidents in the city of Minneapolis increased 8 percent last year compared to 2012. 

Gun-related incidents are defined as reports of people shot at, wounded by gunfire, or of guns being fired or used in some other form of crime. The report, called Results Minneapolis, was released Wednesday. It said there were 1,330 gun-related incidents in 2012, and in 2013 that number went up to 1,442.

Initial media reports indicated an increase in gun incidents of 40 percent, which would have been a much more troubling statistic. But it turns out the Results Minnesota report had some incorrect data, and the corrected numbers were sent out by the Minneapolis police department early Wednesday afternoon, the Star Tribune reports.

Neither the state of Minnesota nor the FBI count gun-related incidents the way the city of Minneapolis does, so it's difficult to compare the city's numbers with state or national numbers on an apples-to-apples basis.

But we can compare rates of violent crime, and the numbers of those crimes have ticked up slightly the last year or so on all levels, after a steady decline starting about 10 years ago. Crimes in that category include robbery, aggravated assault, rape and homicide.

Minneapolis saw a 3 percent increase in violent crimes last year compared to 2012. There were 40 homicides in Minneapolis in 2013, compared with 42 in 2012.

Crime statistics for the entire state of Minnesota are not yet available for 2013, but in 2012, the number of violent crimes committed was 12,323, an increase of 3.8 percent over the year before, according to the Department of Public Safety.

On a national level, violent crime increased 1.2 percent in 2012, but declined by 5.4 percent in the first six months of 2013, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report.

One other highlight of the Minneapolis report is the dramatic increase in cell phone thefts over the past few years. There were 1,418 cell phone thefts last year, compared to just 186 in 2010 – an increase of more than 700 percent.

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