Milwaukee weekly crime report: Shooting continues to trend down

Crime incidents in Milwaukee saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 2,946 for the week of Jan. 14, down from 3,166 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime reports was led by shooting and theft. Shootings fell to 173 incidents last week, from 205 the week before. Theft went from 375 to 343.

There were 461 reported assault incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 465 incidents the previous week. There were also 168 incidents of burglary, down from 186 the week before.

There were 1,632 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 106 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, 81 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 98 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Old North Milwaukee, Harambee and Silver Spring had the most reported incidents last week. Old North Milwaukee and Harambee were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Historic Mitchell Street decreased the most. Crime reports in Uptown also fell for a second week, and incidents in Roosevelt Grove are down considerably as well.

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

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