Milwaukee crime incidents up in March; assault and shooting rise

The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee saw an overall bump last month, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by about 24 percent, from 11,168 in February to 13,882 in March.

The offenses most on the rise last month were assault and shooting. Assault rose from 1,798 reported incidents in February to 2,201 in March. Shooting incidents went from 616 to 921 for the month, or about a 49 percent increase.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase last month in vandalism, from 438 incidents per month to 595, and in burglary, from 569 to 692. Vandalism reports have decreased since the same month last year, while burglary incidents have declined.

There were 158 robbery reports last month and 1,356 theft incidents. Robbery incidents rose from 124 offenses the previous month, while theft reports increased by 122 incidents.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the largest increase last month occurred in Historic Mitchell Street, Park West and Kilbourn Town. Metcalfe Park, Juneau Town and Brynwood also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays produced the most crime incidents last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and early afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

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