2014 Minnesota Crime Report Released

New Minnesota Crime Report Released

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) Wednesday released the 2014 Uniform Crime Report.

Local law enforcement agencies must report their crime data each year to the BCA to meet state and federal reporting requirements.

The BCA compiles the data into an annual report and provides required data to the FBI for its reporting purposes.

Violent Crimes

Murders were down 26 percent in 2014 compared to 2013 and 11 percent less than 2012.

Overall, violent crimes were mostly steady with a 0.1 percent decrease.

The number of rapes remained below 2,000 again in 2014. Robbery and aggravated assaults were both down from 2013.

Minnesota began collecting human trafficking crime data in 2014, which includes commercial sex acts and involuntary servitude crimes.

There were 38 cases reported to the BCA last year.

                                 2014             2013             2012          2011      2010
Murder                       82                 111              92             73           90
Rape                           1,980            1,971           2,060         2,080      2,230
Robbery                     3,645            3,661           3,450         3,359       3,363
Aggravated Assault   6,607            6,726           6,721          6,364      6,978
Human Trafficking – Commercial Sex Acts?       35 in 2014  *             *
Human Trafficking – Involuntary Servitude-       3 in 2014    *            *

Property Crimes

Most property crimes saw declining numbers in 2014.

Burglary crimes dropped for the third consecutive year, down nearly 9 percent in 2014.

Larceny crimes fell again in 2014, and the number of arsons dipped after significant increases the prior two years.

Motor vehicle theft crimes rose from 2013 but have seen a half decade of fairly steady numbers.

Minnesota began collecting cargo theft crime data in 2014.

                                      2014        2013       2012        2011          2010
Burglary                        20,492     22,500     24,829     25,153      23,947
Larceny                         95,326      99,794    102,154   100,636    101,616
Motor vehicle theft       8,201       7,873      8,251       7,927         8,398
Arson                            849          930         773          657           675
Cargo theft°                   1             *             *              *                *

Additional crime data reported to the BCA
                                                                 2014   2013   2012  2011
Criminal homicide cleared by arrest         80%    68%    79%  74%
Drug abuse violation cleared by arrest    84%     83%    83%  85%
Pursuits resulting in fatality                      3         1          2       7
Pursuits terminated by officer/supervisor 13%   12%     9%    8%
Bias motivated crimes                               98      154      175    170

One Minnesota peace officer was killed in the line of duty in 2014.

The complete 2014 report can be viewed on the BCA Website at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/mnjis/Pages/uniform-crime-reports.aspx.

Additional years’ reports can be found on the same page.

Definitions and Explanations
* Minnesota began collecting this data in 2014. Data for prior years is unavailable.
? Includes offenses where a person was induced by fraud or coercion to participate in commercial sex acts, or in which the person induced to perform such act(s) has not attained 18 years of age.
^ Includes offenses where a person(s) is obtained through recruitment, harboring, transportation, or provision and subjected by force, fraud, or coercion into involuntary servitude, peonage, debt, bondage, or slavery.

About the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) provides investigative and specialized law enforcement services to prevent and solve crimes in partnership with law enforcement, public safety and criminal justice agencies.

Services include criminal justice training, forensic laboratory analysis, criminal histories and investigations.

Recent Activity

• A Virginia, Minn. man was charged with the 1987 murder of Leona Maslowski after admitting his guilt to BCA agents.

• DNA evidence processed by the BCA lab linked a Cottage Grove man to an attempted vehicle theft.

• An investigation by BCA narcotics agents and several partner agencies in northwestern Minnesota resulted in three arrests and methamphetamine worth a quarter million dollars seized.

• Three BCA employees received the MADD Choice Award for their continued development and deployment of the eCharging electronic DWI processing application.

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