Minnesota violent crimes edged up in 2012; murders jumped


Violent crime in Minnesota was up 3.4 percent last year compared to 2011, a report from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension shows.

The number of murders rose 26 percent but the Bureau cautions against reading too much into that -- noting that murder numbers have fluctuated from 69 to 109 during the past five years. KARE-11 reports aggravated assaults were up 5.7 percent and robberies up 2.7 percent, while rapes were down one percent.

The BCA's full 186 page report is available here.

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