Report shows property crimes still a problem in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

July 9, 2014 Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 6:49 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- For the Duluth Police Department, it's no surprise...

"Property crimes are high," said Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension 2013 Crime Information report reveals that more than 4,000 property crime arrests took place in Duluth last year alone.

Property crimes involve everything from burglary to robbery to larceny.

Police say overall crime is down, with the exception of property crimes which remains high due to the prevalence of drugs.

"Drugs drive our property crimes as well, those people that are doing the burglaries, breaking into cars, they are more often than not drug abusers," said Chief Ramsay.

Theft from cars is the number one problem in the city right now, something Chief Ramsay says is easily preventable - don't leave valuables in your car.

"We want to see an increase in the consequences for that crime because it's our number crime in the city and actually across the state Chief's our struggling with this issue and we want to see these offenders held accountable," said Ramsay.

St Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin is the one who holds those offenders accountable.

The county attorney's office files charges on cases with at least a thousand dollar value limit.

"Our charge rate is about 85 percent, 90 percent of the cases that are submitted," said County Attorney Mark Rubin.

Rubin says the biggest problem his office is tackling are domestic assaults.

"They continue to gradually increase even though we have all these programs in place to address that crime," said Rubin.

Property crime and drug crime follows right behind.

Rubin says many of the cases that fall on the prosecutor's desk are repeat offenders.

"Number one, if you're praying upon people in our community, you're gonna be held accountable, and number two once you are caught- it doesn't mean we're gonna just lock you up, you're gonna be held accountable for what you do, if there are underlying issues we're gonna see to it those issues are met," said Rubin.

Violent crimes in Duluth are down, and homicides are down. There were 2 homicides last year, so far there have been none this year.

Traffic fatalities are down, and drunk driving is down as more people are taking cabs.

For a full list of Duluth crime statistics, visit the BCA website here

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati