Milwaukee crime declining: Which offenses are dropping most?

Milwaukee crime declining: Which offenses are dropping most?Photo: iStock
Published on June 20, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 3,823 for the week of June 10, down from 4,158 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and robbery. Assault fell to 743 incidents last week, from 817 the week before. Robbery went from 65 to 35.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in shootings, from 297 incidents per week to 272, and in burglary, from 210 to 196 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 428 to 441, and vandalism rose from 165 to 170.

There were 1,966 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 210 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, 109 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 100 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Old North Milwaukee, Harambee and Franklin Heights continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Lincoln Village saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Arlington Heights also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Silver Spring are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Monday, Saturday and Tuesday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, while incidents on Monday, Thursday and Tuesday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and after midnight saw the most crime last week.

Want a longer-term view of crime in Milwaukee? Here's our latest monthly crime report.

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