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Minnesota Crime Statistics

This page contains crime numbers for Minnesota. You can take a look at the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime figures over time, and see how Minnesota compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records information for Minnesota, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 1,722,952 total crimes reported in Minnesota (140,596 of them violent). Of the 172,295 crimes that happen every year in Minnesota, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Minnesota every 3 minutes. This includes 1,222 murders, 20,574 rapes, and greater than one million thefts (including 133,121 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Minnesota for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Minnesota has lessened by 6%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 5%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight reduction in crime over the last 10 years in Minnesota. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to one hundred and sixty-nine thousand for Minnesota in 2009.

Crime Trends in Minnesota (1999-2008)

Keep in mind that these graphs show reported crime numbers and certain sharp changes in crime figures might be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in states like Minnesota (1999-2008)

Users are warned against reading into ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a given location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or variations in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual chart bars to see crime numbers in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Minnesota law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The FBI has noted the following deviations from their data quality guidelines:

  • In 1999-2000, forcible rape figures furnished by the state Uniform Crime Reporting Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety are not comparable to those for previous years.
  • In 2006, the data collection methodology for the offense of forcible rape used by the Illinois (with the exception of Rockford, Illinois) and the Minnesota state UCR Programs do not comply with national UCR guidelines. Consequently, their figures for forcible rape (with the exception of Rockford, Illinois) have been estimated for inclusion in these graphs. City-level data show the reported female forcible rape crime figure. Although arson data are included in the trend and clearance tables, sufficient data are not available to estimate totals for this offense. Therefore, no arson data are published in these graphs.
  • In 2007, the data collection methodology for the offense of forcible rape used by the Illinois and the Minnesota state UCR Programs (with the exception of Rockford, Illinois, and Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota) does not comply with national UCR guidelines. Consequently, their state figures for forcible rape (with the exception of Rockford, Illinois, and Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota) have been estimated for inclusion in these graphs. City-level data show the reported female forcible rape crime figure. Although arson data are included in the trend and clearance tables, sufficient data are not available to estimate totals for this offense. Therefore, no arson data are published in these charts.
  • In 2008, the data collection methodology for the offense of forcible rape used by the Illinois and the Minnesota state UCR Programs (with the exception of Rockford, IL, and Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN) does not comply with national UCR guidelines. Consequently, their state figures for forcible rape (with the exception of Rockford, IL, and Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN) have been estimated for inclusion in these charts. City-level data provide the reported female forcible rape crime figure. Although arson data are included in the trend and clearance tables, sufficient data are not available to estimate totals for this offense. Therefore, no arson data are published in these charts.
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