Hennepin County experienced a three-percent increase in violent crime during the first three months of 2017, when compared to the same time period in 2016.
Violent crime is defined as homicide, rape, business robbery, person-to-person robbery and aggravated assault.
“Hennepin County is a great place to live, but we cannot take our safety for granted,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. “Crime is up and for that reason we all have to remain vigilant for the safety of our families and our neighbors.”
The 2017 quarter one statistics also show a nine percent increase in property crimes when compared to 2016. Property crimes include business burglary, residential burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson.
How you can help
Tipsters are encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office with information concerning suspicious activities or the locations of fugitives by calling 1-888-988-TIPS.
Anonymous tips can be submitted via an online form at hennepinsheriff.org, or by texting the sheriff’s office at 847 411. Begin the message with the keyword HCSOTip and then continue entering the tip.
The public can also download an app for iPhone or Android phones. The apps can be located by searching for HCSOTip or Hennepin. Clicking on the app will bring up a tip form that can be used to provide information.
Texting or using an app does NOT replace 911 and should not be used in an emergency.
The sheriff’s office also reminds that if you see something, say something – contact law enforcement if you see suspicious behavior. Call 911 or use anonymous tip methods.
Reports should focus on behaviors and situations. A person’s race, religion or ethnic background should not be the focus or basis for a report to law enforcement.