Auto Break-Ins Drive Como Crime Increase
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 2:10 PM

Vehicle-related thefts in District 10 in the first six months of 2015-2018

Driven by a soaring number of car thefts and car break-ins, crime in District 10 rose 25 percent in the first six months of 2018, compared with the year before.

More than five times as many vehicles were stolen in 2018 than in 2017: 67 vs. 12 in raw numbers. Theft from vehicles rose 60 percent, to 98 between January and June of 2018, from 61 the same period of 2017. Combined, those vehicle-related thefts drove up overall crime in District 10: to 388 reported incidents in the first six months of 2018, from 311 reported incidents in the first six months of 2017, according to preliminary data from the Saint Paul Police Department (see detailed charts in PDF form in the right column).

In other major crime categories:

  • Robberies doubled – from 5 in the first half of 2017 to 10 in 2018.
  • Assaults increased from 15 to 22; however that is almost entirely the result of an increase in domestic assaults, not assaults by strangers.
  • Commercial burglaries doubled from 8 to 16.
  • Home burglaries declined 25 percent; however, home burglaries where there was no forced entry rose to from 18 to 24. That means they now account for more than half of all home burglaries in the district. Police say these kinds of burglaries – where there is no forced entry – typically are the easiest to prevent. Instead, residents who leave doors, windows, or garage doors open or unlocked create crimes waiting to happen.
  • Vandalism fell 24 percent.
  • Reported rapes dropped from 4 to 1.
  • Reported gunshots fell slightly (to 17 in the six-month period) after almost doubling in the previous two years.

The preliminary statistics (available through the city’s Crime Incident Report online database) do not reflect official crime index totals. They may change after full investigation, police say.

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