Violent crime is exploding in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the number of carjackings increasing at a dizzying pace.
The city has reportedly recorded more than 375 carjackings so far this year, with 17 coming in the past week alone.
Carjackings this November were over 500 percent higher than the same period in 2019 and have more than tripled for the year to date.
“Over the past two months, Minneapolis police have logged more than 125 carjackings in the city, a troubling surge that authorities had largely linked to small groups of marauding teens. But an increasing number of adults have been arrested in recent weeks for the same crime,” the Star Tribune reports.
“Such attacks are up 537% this month when compared with last November.”
On Saturday morning, three carjackings unfolded in the span of an hour in one region of the city.
“The numbers are staggering,” said John Elder, a police spokesman. “It defies all civility and any shred of common human decency.”
In a recent crime alert, locals were advised to only carry “essentials” and be aware of their surroundings as they move about.
“I am unsettled by the acceptance that carjacking and attempted murder is being normalized as a new way of life in our city,” said one city resident. “Police are gone. Criminals are emboldened. City leaders are not working toward common goals.”
Violent crime, including shootings and homicides, has surged since the Minneapolis City Council announced plans to “dismantle” the police department in the wake of ‘George Floyd’ riots that rocked the city in May.
Subsequently, city officials moved to bolster the city’s shrinking police force with officers from outside departments, including cops from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Metro Transit Police.
Minneapolis residents recently filed a lawsuit against the city alleging police patrols have fallen below required minimums.
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