The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) released the 2018 Uniform Crime Report today.
Violent crimes decreased 6.7 percent last year. Murders decreased from 114 in 2017 to 104 in 2018. The number of rapes occurring in the state increased 9.3 percent. Robberies and aggravated assault both saw declines in 2018.
Property crimes decreased last year, down 8.9 percent compared to 2017. Motor vehicle theft was up for the third straight year. Burglary, larceny and arson all saw sizeable decreases. Arson numbers dropped to their lowest number since the state began tracking arson crimes.
There were no law enforcement fatalities in 2018.
The complete 2018 report can be viewed on the BCA Website.