The number of murders in Minnesota went up from 100 in 2016 to 119 in 2017, according to latest statistics from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Violent crimes overall increased half-a-percent but one category — rape — has seen steady increases since 2013. Motor vehicle thefts hit a ten-year high in 2017, up 15 percent over the year before. Arson was also up over seven percent. The complete report is on the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website.

From BCA news release:

Violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, human trafficking, and aggravated assault) increased 0.5 percent in 2017. Murders increased from 100 in 2016 to 119 in 2017. Rapes and aggravated assaults were both up slightly in 2017. Robberies were down slightly in 2017.

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Murder 119 100 130 82 111
Rape 2,429 2,321 2,300 1,980 1,971
Robbery 3,645 3,725 3,764 3,645 3,661
Aggravated Assault 7,110 7,026 6,981 6,607 6,726
Human Trafficking – Commercial Sex Acts* 173 325 119 35 *
Human Trafficking – Involuntary Servitude^ 0 0 0 3 *

Property Crimes

Property crimes saw increasing numbers in 2017, up 4.4 percent compared to 2016. Motor vehicle theft hit a ten-year high and was up 15.2 percent over 2016. Arson numbers also rose, up 7.4 percent in 2017.

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Burglary 18,749 18,464 19,195 20,492 22,500
Larceny 93,455 89,924 94,392 95,326 99,794
Motor vehicle theft 9,960 8,649 7,921 8,201 7,873
Arson 534 497 580 613 694

Additional crime data reported to the BCA

2017 2016 2015 214 2013
Homicide cleared by arrest 74% 74% 78% 80% 68%
Drug abuse violation cleared by arrest 85% 85% 83% 84% 83%
Drug abuse violation arrest for Opiates, Heroin, Cocaine, etc. 2,315 1,700 1,800 1,627 1,699
Bias motivated incidents 147 122 96 98 154

There was one law enforcement fatality in 2017.

The complete 2017 report can be viewed on the BCA Website.  Additional years’ reports can be found on the same page.