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Violent crimes in MN up slightly in 2012

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (WXOW) -- Minnesota saw a slight increase in serious crimes in 2012 according to a report by The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The BCA released its 2012 Uniform Crime Report showing a 3.4 percent increase in violent crimes compared to 2011.

The BCA compiles crime data that local law enforcement agencies are required to submit to meet state and federal reporting guidelines.

Murder was up 26 percent, robbery up 2.7 percent, aggravated assault up 5.6 percent and rape was down 1 percent.

Data collected from the past five years show a significant amount of fluctuation in the murder rate from 2008's high of 109 murders to the low of 69 murders in 2009.

Burglary numbers have remained steady and robbery continues a steady downward trend over the past five years.

The complete 2012 report can be viewed on the BCA website.

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