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 are historically low.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek credits several areas of law enforcement with contributing to the effective fight against violent crime: the expansion of partnerships among law enforcement agencies, enhanced criminal information sharing and analysis, and improved use of technology by law enforcement.
Sheriff Stanek encourages residents to help law enforcement in the continued effort to fight crime. If you see suspicious activity, call 911. Or, if you prefer to send an anonymous tip, text HCSOtip to 847 411.