Crime across Minnesota dipped in 2016, hitting its lowest statewide rate in 50 years, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The numbers show that a long trend of diminishing crime rates is continuing in Minnesota — even in urban areas — despite high-profile incidents of violence that have fueled concerns that crime could be on the rise. Factoring in the rate of 10 serious types of crime, the state saw a roughly 4 percent decline from 2015.
Violent crime alone remained static statewide compared with 2015, increasing less than 1 percent. In total, 130,941 incidents were reported in 2016, or 2,372 per every 100,000 residents, about the same rate as in 1966. Statewide, the number of murders dropped from 130 in 2015 to 100 last year, about a 23 percent decline. Robbery also decreased slightly, while rape and major assaults increased by less than 1 percent from 2015 — significantly lower than the rate of violent crime reported in the 1980s and 1990s. The numbers may buck public perception of rising crime rates and “don’t really reflect the rhetoric that we’re hearing,” said Ebony Ruhland of the University of Minnesota’s Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice.