Milwaukee crime going down: Which offenses are falling most?

The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee decreased slightly last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 3,426 for the week of April 8, down from 3,480 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and vandalism. Theft fell to 314 incidents last week, from 341 the week before. Vandalism went from 158 to 152. Reports of vandalism have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from 176 to 202. Shootings rose from 211 to 226, and assault went up from 691 to 698.

There were 1,785 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 74 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, down from 82 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in 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.

North Division experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Sherman Park also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Arlington Heights are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sundays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while incidents on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early afternoon and evening saw the most crime last week.

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