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FBI Report: Hopkins is Safer Than Most Communities

Hopkins has lower rates of property crime and violent crime than the national average.

Both people and property are safer in Hopkins compared to the average American community, according to 2011 crime statistics the FBI released Oct. 29.

Of the eight most serious types of crimes reported, called Type I crimes, Hopkins performed better than the national average in six categories.

Residents were about 4.4 percent more likely to be theft victims than the country overall— 2,063.6 cases per 100,000 compared to the nationwide rate of 1,976.9 cases.

Both Hopkins and the United States have seen continuing drops in thefts, though. In Hopkins, such cases dropped 5.2 percent between 2010 and 2011, while nationwide figures fell .7 percent.

Rape, in which there were seven cases reported in Hopkins, was the other category in which it lagged the county. However, the community had such a statistically small number of reports that a single additional case could sway the results.

In all other categories, Hopkins beat out the rest of the country. Residents are about 42.6 percent less likely to be a victim of a violent crime and 3.8 percent less likely to be a victim of a property crime.

The rates also put the community ahead of the Midwest average for both violent crimes and property crimes.

Hopkins didn’t fare as well compared to the rest of Minnesota, though. While its violent crime rate was just .2 percent higher than the state’s, the property crime rate was 9.7 percent bigger.

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2011 Crime Statistics

 Hopkins  Nationwide
Total No. per 100,000 1-year % change 10-year % change No. per 100,000 1-year % change 10-year % change

Part I Violent Crimes

Homicide 0 0 0 0 4.7 -.7 -10.0 Rape 7 39.8 -46.2 16.7 26.8 -2.5 -12.4 Robbery 12 68.2 0 -42.9 113.7 -4.0 -15.8 Aggravated assault 20 113.7 42.9 -60.8 241.1 -3.9 -15.7 Total violent crimes 39 221.7 0 -50 386.3 -3.8 -15.5

Part I Property Crimes

Burglary 101 574.2 -1 57.8 702.2 .9 1.7 Larceny/theft 363 2,063.6 -5.2 -20 1,976.9 -.7 -12.7 Auto theft 22 125.1 -12 -79.8 229.6 -3.3 -42.6 Arson* 6 34.1 50 25 n/a n/a n/a Total property crimes 492 2,796.9 -4.3 -22.5 2,908.7 -.5 -13.3

*Arson was not included in the FBI's nationwide statistics.

 

Minnesota rates

  • Violent crimes: 221.2 per 100,000 (.2 percent less than Hopkins)
  • Property crimes: 2549.4 per 100,000 (8.8 percent less than Hopkins)

Midwest rates

  • Violent crimes: 349.9 per 100,000 (57.8 percent greater than Hopkins)
  • Property crimes: 2,844.3 per 100,000 (1.7 percent greater Hopkins)

 

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