Milwaukee weekly crime report: Incidents drop for third week in a row

Crime incidents in Milwaukee saw an overall decrease last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 2,577 for the week of January 21, down from 2,946 the week before.

Theft and vandalism led the decrease in crime reports. Theft fell to 281 incidents last week, from 343 the week before. Vandalism went from 124 to 84. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last three weeks, while vandalism incidents have been decreasing for the last two weeks.

There were 445 reported assault incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 461 incidents the previous week. There were also 133 incidents of burglary, down from 168 the week before.

There were 1,470 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 162 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 72 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 81 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Harambee, Old North Milwaukee, and Historic Mitchell Street had the most reported incidents last week. Harambee and Old North Milwaukee were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Old North Milwaukee decreased the most. Crime reports in Silver Spring also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Lower East Side are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Mondays, Sundays and Saturdays saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Thursdays, Fridays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Saturdays and Sundays went up. Midday, late afternoon and early afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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