Minnesota violent crimes up slightly in 2012

BCA releases 2012 Uniform Crime Report

Minnesota saw a slight rise in its most serious crimes in 2012. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) released its 2012 Uniform Crime Report. It shows a 3.4 percent increase in violent crimes compared to 2011.

Local law enforcement agencies are required to report their crime data to the BCA to meet state and federal reporting requirements. The BCA compiles the data into its annual reports and provides required data to the FBI for its reporting purposes.

While in 2012 murder saw a 26 percent increase over 2011, data collected over the past five years show significant fluctuation in this number. Rapes maintained a slightly lower rate in 2012 than had been seen in 2008-2011. Robbery continues a steady downward trend and aggravated assault saw a small increase after steady declines over the past several years.

Burglary numbers have remained steady over the past five years, with fluctuations of less than 5 percent each year. Larceny saw a slight rise after several years of declining numbers. Motor vehicle theft rose again in 2012 after seeing a drop in 2011, and the number of arsons rose in 2012 after two consecutive years below 700.

The Uniform Crime Report section on Missing Persons was updated in 2012. Rather than including only data on active missing children cases, the report now reflects total missing person cases reported throughout the year.

The report also indicates the average number of police employees per city population. The average number of full time law enforcement

personnel in 2012 (including sworn and civilian) amounted to 2.3 employees per each 1,000 residents of the state. In Wright County (population 106,783) there were 143 total sworn officers. In Corcoran (population 5,421) there were seven total sworn officers. In Rogers (population 8,663 pre Hassan merger) there were 15 total sworn officers.

In Corcoran there were 48 total adults arrested. In Rogers there were 140 total adults arrested. In Wright County there were 2,468 total adults arrested.

The complete 2012 report can be viewed on the BCA Website at dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/mnjis/Pages/uniform-crime-reports.aspx. Additional years’ reports can be found on the same page.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) provides investigative and specialized law enforcement services to prevent and solve crimes in partnership with law enforcement, public safety and criminal justice agencies. Services include criminal justice training, forensic laboratory analysis, criminal histories and investigations.

-Compiled by Aaron Brom