Milwaukee crime climbs for third month; assault continues to trend up

Milwaukee crime climbs for third month; assault continues to trend upPhoto: iStock
Published on June 05, 2019

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

Incidents rose by about 15%, from 15,574 in April to 17,919 in May.

Assault and theft incidents increased the most from the previous month. Assault rose from 3,034 reported incidents in April to 3,623 in May. Theft incidents went from 1,509 to 1,857 for the month, or about a 23% increase.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase last month in shootings, from 1,008 incidents per month to 1,227, and in vandalism, from 719 to 817. Shooting reports have decreased since the same month last year, while vandalism incidents have declined.

There were 948 burglary reports last month, and 248 robbery incidents. Burglary incidents rose from 877 offenses the previous month, while robbery reports increased by 41 incidents.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest increase last month occurred in Old North Milwaukee, North Division and Clarke Square. Fernwood, Saveland Park and Cambridge Heights also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Fridays, Thursdays and Wednesdays had the most reported crimes last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Fridays, Thursdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Tuesdays and Mondays went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and late night continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

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