Ensuring a reasonable standard of safety is a basic requirement to attracting people to the riverfront. The trends are going in the right direction.
The statistics on these pages track Part I crimes. These are comprised of eight “index” crimes: aggravated assault, arson, auto theft, burglary, homicide, rape, robbery, and theft.
Comparing last year to the ten year average, Part I crime is down substantially on the Upper River (see below). The news for the Central Riverfront is good as well (see facing page). When comparing last year to the ten year average, crime is up nine percent. But we also know that the residential population of the area increased by over 20 percent in the same time, and employment in the area similarly increased. A nine percent rise in actual crimes - given that dramatic population increase - is good news. Crime in the Lower Gorge was up slightly, but it likewise has seen substantial population growth around the University of Minnesota.
The maps in each section further break down trends. Note that blocks with more land area may tend to be colored orange or red more often, though this can often be ascribed to there being more land area covered, and thus more crime, rather than actually representing a greater density of crime.