The number of people living in an area impacts the crime rate as does the number of homeless shelters and bars and sports stadiums. The Saint Paul police department has information about crime in each neighborhood. There are also details about what types of incidents happen each week and the location of the incident.
I wish I could say that there is no crime in St. Paul but I can’t. Crimes were up last year because of a rise in thefts. Crime is a perception. There are areas that people perceive to be high crime areas but the numbers do not support that belief.
The highest priced homes in the city tend to be in the lowest crime areas. Crime rates are up due to an increase in thefts. I have had a few things stolen over the years. Usually, Real estate professionals do not talk or write about crime because it can be bad for business. Yet hardly a day goes by that a home buyer doesn’t mention crime or safety.
Causes and Origins of Crime According to Saint Paul PD:
- Administrative and investigative emphasis of law enforcement
- Citizen’s attitudes toward crime
- Crime reporting practices of citizens
- Cultural factors and education, recreational, and religious characteristics
- Drug use
- Economic conditions, including median income, poverty level, and job availability
- Effective strength of law enforcement agencies
- Family conditions with respect to divorce and family cohesiveness
- Gang activity
- Modes of transportation and highway system
- Policies of other components of the criminal justice system
- Population density and degree of urbanization
- Stability of population with respect to residents’ mobility, commuting patterns, and transient factors