Minneapolis saw a drop in some crimes in 2014, including most notably burglary, Chief Janeé Harteau and Mayor Betsy Hodges announced at a joint press conference on Thursday.
Burglaries were down 11 percent across the city last year, while the number of auto thefts and arsons also fell. Overall, Part I crimes (which include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson) decreased from 23,574 in 2013 to 23,351 last year, a one percent drop.
The end-of-the-year statistics were released a press conference Thursday morning at North Regional Library in the Jordan neighborhood, historically among the city's most violent pockets. Despite the drop in crime, residents in some of the most violent and crime-ravaged communities say they don't feel much of a change.
But, the numbers released on Thursday show that violent crime (homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) is up one percent citywide.
In a statement, council member Blong Yang, who heads the public safety committee, said:
"Crime data for last year highlights several pieces of good news. The statistics are pointing the right direction, but in many cases the perception is worse than the reality. The safety and livability issues that bother my neighbors and the people I represent are serious, and there is progress on them daily. Making the Northside safer is a shared sacrifice between all of the residents of our community, the police force, and the City as a whole. I want to thank the officers of the Minneapolis Police and Chief Harteau for their hard work this past year. I hope these trends continue – making the Northside safer is better for all of Minneapolis."