Murders, robberies, aggravated assaults all went up in 2015


The number of murders, robberies and violent assaults in Minnesota last year were the highest they've been in the past five years.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Friday morning released its annual look at crime in the state, showing violent crimes (those three listed above, as well as rape) were up 7.4 percent in 2015 compared to the year before.

Meanwhile property crimes – burglary, larceny, car theft and arson – were all at or near the lowest they've been since 2011.

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Here's a quick rundown of some of the new figures.

Murder, robbery, assault all up

There were 130 murders in 2015 – the highest total of the past 10 years. Of those, 28 victims were black and 20-29 years old. That's more than 1 in every 5 people killed.

Furthermore, 47 of the homicides happened in Minneapolis and 16 in St. Paul. No other city had more than four.

In 2015, there were 2,300 rapes recorded. The crime had been on generally a downward trend in Minnesota for a decade, but the FBI recently changed the definition of rape. The FBI used to define it as: "the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will," meaning it only included forced sexual intercourse.

The new definition broadens rape to: "penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of a victim."

There were 3,764 robberies reported in 2015, which is a drop from 2006-2008, but still the highest it's been since 2009.

And there were 6,981 aggravated assaults recorded. That's lower than it was from 2006 through 2009, and about on par with 2010. But like robberies, it's the highest it's been in the past five years.

Property crimes have mostly dropped

Unlike violent crimes, property crimes decreased in 2015, down about 2 percent from 2014.

In total, there were fewer burglaries, larcenies and arson cases in 2015 than in any other year since 2011.

As for motor vehicle thefts, the figures have fluctuated. There were 7,921 in 2015, which is more than in 2013 and 2011 – but less than in 2014 and 2012.

The full crime report is much longer and much more detailed, and includes a number of statistics. You can read the 2015 version here, or see past versions here.

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