Milwaukee/ Crime & Emergencies
Published on January 07, 2019
Milwaukee crime in December: shootings rise, theft dropsPhoto: iStock

Crime incidents in Milwaukee saw an overall increase last month, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by about 2 percent, from 13,718 in November to 13,998 in December.

Shooting and vandalism led the most recent increase in crime reports. Shootings rose from 906 reported incidents in November to 1,048 in December. Vandalism incidents went from 547 to 597 for the month, or a 9.1 percent increase.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase last month in robbery, from 212 incidents per month to 238, and in assault, from 2,050 to 2,056. Robbery reports have decreased compared to January of last year, and assault incidents have also declined.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, theft reports went from 1,724 to 1,603. Burglary incidents fell from 877 to 809.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Lincoln Village, Lincoln Creek and Park West saw the largest increase from November to December. Servite Woods, Castle Manor and Town & Country Manor also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays experienced the most crime incidents last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Saturdays, Mondays and Sundays, while incidents on Fridays, Thursdays and Tuesdays went down. Late afternoon, early afternoon and late morning saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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