According to the Southwest Journal, the Minneapolis Police Department is claiming credit for an 18 percent drop in violent crime in the department's Fifth Precinct, which includes Southwest Minneapolis.
Much of that crime was concentrated in the Whittier and Stevens Square neighborhoods, the paper reports. However, property crime increased by five percent over 2011. One week saw 61 break-ins in Southwest Minneapolis alone.
Overall, the area's decade-long crime decline seems to be over. Violent and property crimes in 2011 were up by 10 percent over 2010, after all crime fell every year for the last 10 years.
The Fifth Precinct's current and former commanders told the paper they thought the property crime increase was due to better reporting. It could have been higher, they said, if police hadn't broken up a burglary ring this summer.