Milwaukee crime recap: Incidents drop for fourth week in a row

Crime incidents in Milwaukee saw an overall decrease last week, for the fourth week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 2,526 for the week of January 28, down from 2,577 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime incidents was led by assault and burglary. Assault fell to 390 incidents last week, from 445 the week before. Burglary went from 133 to 123. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last four weeks, while burglary incidents have been decreasing for the last three weeks.

There were 272 reported theft incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 281 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, shootings went from 139 to 152. Incidents of vandalism rose from 84 to 94, and robbery went up from 25 to 33.

There were 1,462 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of eight 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, 79 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 72 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Old North Milwaukee, Harambee, and North Division had the most reported incidents last week. Old North Milwaukee and Harambee were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Concordia saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Menomonee River Hills East also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Clarke Square are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Sundays, Saturdays and Fridays produced the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Thursdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Fridays, Sundays and Saturdays went up. evening, early afternoon and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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