Crime rising in Milwaukee: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime rising in Milwaukee: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on May 30, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 4,056 for the week of May 20, up from 3,827 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were shooting and assault. Shooting rose to 304 incidents last week, from 236 the week before. Assault went from 758 to 814. Shootings have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in robbery, from 43 incidents per week to 55, and in burglary, from 206 to 211 incidents.

There were 405 reported theft incidents last week. That represents an increase from 404 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of vandalism went from 198 to 169.

There were 2,098 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 116 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, 102 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 87 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.

Grasslyn Manor saw the largest increase. Crime reports in Riverwest also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Walker's Point are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Sunday, Saturday and Friday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Saturday and Friday, while incidents on Monday, Thursday and Wednesday went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, late night and evening continue to see the most crime incidents.

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