In calendar year 2010, violent crime in Minneapolis hit a 27-year low. Now the city is reporting that the violent crime rate through June 30 is 15 percent lower than the same period last year, the fifth consecutive year the violent crime rate in the city has declined.
According to statistics released by the city, every category of crime has decreased in the city compared to the midway point of last year with the exception of larceny, which has seen a slight increase to date. In the statement touting the decline, the city highlights the drop in violent crime involving youth, which is down 14 percent from last year and down 66 percent from its high point in 2006. Incidents involving gun violence are also down 20 percent year over year. There have been 14 reported homicides in the city thus far, a nearly 42 percent drop from last year’s midway point.
The press release cites cooperation between police, neighbors, business and community organizations for the continuing drop in crime. The city points to the Hawthorne Eco-Village as an example of cooperation resulting in lower crime rates. Once known as an open-air drug market, violent crime declined 73 percent at the site between 2007 and 2009, and drug arrests declined 85 percent in the same period.