Crime decreasing in University neighborhoods

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The Minneapolis Police Department just released the CODEFOR statistics for the month of May 2006, and the numbers are encouraging for many of the neighborhoods in the University area. With a few exceptions, the numbers of crimes committed in May went down from April, though one would typically expect crime rates go up along with the temperatures.

Here’s a brief summary for each neighborhood:

Cedar-Riverside was one of the few neighborhoods that experienced an increase in crime, going from 45 in April to 62 in May. Most of those were thefts, which are generally thefts from auto, at 37. Other crimes were robbery (7), assault (4), burglary (2), and auto thefts (11). The May number is also up from one year ago, when the number of CODEFOR crimes for the month was 42.

In the Como neighborhood, CODEFOR crimes went down, from 27 in April to 17 in May. The crimes reported were four robberies, one assault, four burglaries, seven thefts, and one arson. One year ago, in May 2005, there were 19 CODEFOR crimes.

In Cooper, crime went down by one incident, from 12 in April to 11 in May: there were three burglaries, three thefts, and three auto thefts. That number is significantly down from one year ago, when there were 21 CODEFOR crimes in Cooper.

In Longfellow, crime also went down, from 63 crimes in April to 49 in May. Most of those crimes were theft (29), and the rest were burglary (7), auto theft (5), assault (4), robbery (2), and rape (1). One year ago, in May 2005, there were 51 crimes committed in Longfellow.

In Marcy-Holmes, which typically has the highest crime rate for Bridgeland, the number of crimes also went down, going from 87 in April to 63 in May. As usual, most of those were thefts (37), but there were also 17 burglaries, seven auto thefts, one robbery, and one rape. One year ago, there were 57 crimes committed.

In Nicollet Island-East Bank, crime increases somewhat, from 12 crimes in April to 17 in May. Most of those were thefts (11), but there were also four auto thefts, one burglary, and one rape. Seventeen marks a significant increase from one year ago, when there were eight crimes committed on the island.

In Prospect Park-East River Road, crime declined somewhat in May, from 52 CODEFOR incidents in April to 47 in May. The vast majority of these were thefts, at 37; other crimes were burglaries (3), auto thefts (2), robberies (2), assault (1), and rape (1).

In Seward, crime decreased by nearly 50 percent in May from April, going from 49 to 25 CODEFOR incidents. There were nine thefts, seven robberies, six auto thefts, and three burglaries. That number also represents an encouraging decrease from May 2005, when there were 56 incidents.

In the University of Minnesota area, crime numbers decreased slightly from April to May, going from 77 to 72. As usual, most of those were thefts, at 55, but there were also eight robberies, seven burglaries, and two auto thefts. Those numbers represent a significant increase from one year ago, when there were 45 CODEFOR crimes reported in the University area.