Jan 2, 2024 - News

Violent crime declined in Minneapolis and St. Paul in 2023

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The number of homicides in Minneapolis and St. Paul fell in 2023 compared to 2022.

By the numbers: Minneapolis finished the year with 72 homicides, according to city statistics. That's down from 80 in 2022 and 97 in 2021.

  • In St. Paul, homicides fell from 40 in 2022 to 32 last year, according to the Pioneer Press.

Yes, but: Violent crime remains at much higher levels than before the pandemic and George Floyd's murder.

  • Minneapolis tallied 48 homicides in 2019 and St. Paul averaged 17 a year between 2010 and 2019.

What they're saying: "The trend is going in the right direction," Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O'Hara told WCCO TV. "But it's nowhere near where it was prior to 2020."

Of note: Carjackings fell 43% in Minneapolis following a crackdown by U.S. Attorney Andy Luger. But thefts of empty vehicles skyrocketed.

Zoom out: The U.S. was on pace to end 2023 with one of the largest annual drops in homicides on record, writes Axios' Jacob Knutson.

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