Wednesday, February 20, 2013
While violent crime increased slightly in 2012, Hopkins had less crime overall last year.
Hopkins saw yet another drop in crime in 2012, according to statistics Police Chief Mike Reynolds presented to the City Council on Tuesday. While violent crime increased by 7.3 percent in 2012—a figure that reflects just three more cases than a year earlier—overall crime rates fell 4 percent from 2011 figures and 7.2 percent from 2010. Hopkins police saw particular success with thefts, by far the most common crime. The community had 29 fewer cases than it did in 2011—an 8 percent one-year decline and 12.8 percent two-year decline. Similarly, burglaries dropped 13.9 percent and 14.7 percent over 2011 and 2012, respectively. Reynolds told Patch that’s partly because the community hasn’t had as many mass break-ins as it did in earlier years. …
Friday, February 15, 2013
2012 had one of the lowest levels of violent crime countywide in more than two decades.
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Friday, February 15
Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office press release. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is releasing statistics that provide an estimate of the county’s violent crime in 2012. The statistics show that violent crime has decreased countywide by 37% from 2006 to 2012. 2012 had one of the lowest levels of violent crime countywide in more than two decades. Violent crime is defined as: murder and manslaughter--non negligent, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The definition is from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Year-to-date, from 2011-2012, there was an estimated 3% increase in violent crime countywide. Despite the slight increase year-to-date, last year’s overall violent crime numbers …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Police Chief Mike Reynolds had good news for the community Tuesday.
The annual crime reports are starting to become a tradition of good news for Hopkins. On Tuesday, Police Chief Mike Reynolds told City Council members that 2011 statistics show crime dropped yet again for the community. Here’s a look at three key trends from the Police Department’s annual crime report. Not only did overall crime drop 3.7 percent from 2010, the major categories each dropped or remained stable. Violent crime held steady. Serious property crimes dropped 4.3 percent. And the less serious “Part II Crimes” dropped 3.5 percent. Perhaps most significantly, 2011 saw the reversal of some of last year’s most worrisome trends. Thefts, which shot up 33 percent between 2009 and 2010, declined in 2011—although 2011’s 5.2 percent drop …