Violent Crimes Up in Duluth, Across Minn. in 2012

Posted at: 07/08/2013 10:58 PM
Updated at: 07/09/2013 12:36 AM

New numbers put out Monday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension show an increase in violent crime in recent years.

These violent crimes are murder, or homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. In three of those four categories, or crimes, the BCA said the number of cases rose from 2011 to 2012.

According to Duluth Police Department records, a similar change is happened in the city.

In the first half of 2013, Duluth has already seen 2 homicides. That's the same number as in all of last year. In 2011, there were zero homicides in the city.

As for other violent crimes, from 2011 to 2012 police records show robberies rising from 88 to 92. Aggravated assaults rose from 183 to 214. However, instances of rape dropped from 47 to 33.

Statewide numbers from the BCA comparing 2011 and 2012 show instances of homicide rose from 73 to 92. Robberies climbed from 3,359 to 3,450 and aggravated assaults jumped from 6,364 to 6,721.

Like the Duluth numbers, rape dropped from 2,080 to 2,060.

Duluth police declined our request for an interview on the new numbers, saying Chief Gordon Ramsay will address city councilors on the issue Thursday.