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According to data from the 2015 Uniform Crime Report, crime statistics in the city went up in a few areas as compared to 2014, but is lower overall than historical averages. Specifically, larceny (theft), robbery and aggravated assault showed an increase in 2015 as compared to 2014 data (see crime rates in table below). When looking at the larceny (theft) statistics, police say theft from vehicles is a large part of the numbers and is still one of the most common crimes in Coon Rapids. Police remind people to not leave valuables in their cars. In addition, the city’s robbery statistics were higher than our historical average due primarily to a continual increase in shoplifting incidents.
Brad Wise, Police Chief says, “While Coon Rapids is fortunate to have many retailers with successful businesses, having a lot of retail in your city also brings out thieves. The police department is working directly with retailers to address procedures linked to this trend and our investigators partner with other agencies to solve crimes that affect multiple retail establishments and communities. Again, we say this a lot, but in my opinion, you can never say it enough. Never be afraid to call 911 if you see suspicious activity. When we all work together, we keep our community safe.”
The Uniform Crime Report, produced by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, is a reporting tool that is used to track crime around the state. The data is also submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, to allow for crime rate comparisons nationwide.
The following data shows Part 1 crime statistics for 2015 as compared to 2014.
Crime Murder 1.... 2015 0.....2014
Rape 27....2015 25.....2014
Robbery 39.....2015 25.....2014
Aggravated Assault 53......2015 33......2014
Burglary 185.....2015 182.....2014
Larceny(theft) 1525..... 2015 1311..... 2014
Motor Vehicle Theft 46..... 2015 48..... 2014
Arson 3...... 2015 6..... 2014