Minneapolis guns incidents, violent crime crept up in 2012

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Gun incidents and violent crime are up slightly from 2011, but down from prior years.
Minneapolis police recorded 45 more incidents involving guns in 2012 than the year prior, marking the first uptick in at least six years, according to a new report based on police data.

Despite the minor increase, gun incidents are still down by 54 from 2010 and by 643 from 2007, the report shows. The number of reported gunshot victims also dropped by a single incident from 2011 to 2012.

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A few more highlights from the report:

  • Violent crime also crept up from 2011 by a total of 139 incidents. That breaks down to five more homicides, 130 more robberies, nine more rapes, and five fewer aggravated assaults. The aggregate of all four crimes is down by 185 from 2010 and by 2,350 from 2006, the year violent crime spiked in Minneapolis.

  • In a comparison of similar cities, Minneapolis has a higher homicide rate per 100,000 people than St. Paul, Seattle, Sacramento, Portland; the homicide rate is lower than in Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Memphis, Oakland, and St. Louis.

  • Of the city's 42 reported homicides in 2012, police closed 73 percent of cases.

  • The total number of juveniles who were victims of violent crimes rose by 94 from 2011. That's down by 91 from 2010, and by 317 from 2006.

  • Policer seized a total of 792 guns in 2012. More than half of these came from the Fourth Precinct, which encompasses north Minneapolis.

    Read the full report here.


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    TheConservativeJerk
    TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

    And most were obtained illegally and mostly handguns.

    I see that a a perfect reason for a knee jerk liberal to propose a "assault weapon ban"

    intelligence and logic allude the DFL once again...

    keny1
    keny1

    "Police seized a total of 792 guns in 2012. More than half of these came from the Fourth Precinct, which encompasses north Minneapolis."

    But I thought North Minneapolis was a family-friendly decent place to live? You can't tell me that North Minneapolis is a violent area? No. Take a look at the majority of people who live in North Minneapolis. Law abiding, hard-working citizens who take pride in ownership of their homes, create a safe and fun family friendly atmosphere, and embrace the "diversity" that is North Minneapolis.

    I would much rather raise my children in North Minneapolis than in that nasty ghetto known as Wayzata. Wayzata is known for crime, gang violence, and shootings on a daily basis.  Those multi-million dollar homes on the lake? Don't be fooled. They are Section 8 Welfare housing. Who would want to live there? I would much be happier living on the corner of Broadway and Penn in North Minneapolis. Look at the culture!! 

    I don't believe these crime statistics about North Minneapolis for one minute. These are lies made up by the GOP in Minnesota. 

    We all know that it is much safer to be standing on the corner of Broadway and Penn at 2 am on a Friday night than on the boardwalk in Wayzata. 

    Bottom line:

    North Minneapolis: Culture, Diversity, and Family.

    Wayzata: Crime, Violence, and Drugs.


    _Joe_
    _Joe_

    So the number of people actually shot by guns went down?

    What constitutes a "gun incident?" 

    Michael Flowers
    Michael Flowers

    So much national attention on guns, it's causing copycats.

    MicheleBachmann
    MicheleBachmann topcommenter

    @keny1CITY PAGES CAN GO FUCK THEMSELVES FOR THEIR CONSTANT TOLERANCE OF RACIST KENY BULLSHIT.  WHY DO THEY NEVER PUT A STOP TO THESE RACIST IDIOTS.  FUCK YOU CITY PAGES

    AndyMannix
    AndyMannix

    @_Joe_ Good question. Police use this metric for pretty much anything involving a gun. A couple examples: Someone brandishes a gun, but doesn't shoot. Or someone fires at another person, but misses. These would both be gun incidents that don't lead to gunshot victims.

    mingtran
    mingtran topcommenter

    @MicheleBachmann : Haha! You're cute when you're angry

    _Joe_
    _Joe_

    @AndyMannix - Interesting.  Where do they draw the line?  For example, if I get pulled over for speeding while carrying, I always inform the detaining officer that I am licensed to carry, currently carrying, and where on my person my weapon is.  Mostly because I carry on the same side as I keep my wallet, and I don't want to get shot reaching for my ID. 

    Would this qualify as a 'gun incident'?

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