Milwaukee crime trending up: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Milwaukee crime trending up: Which offenses are leading the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on June 06, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee increased slightly last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 4,132 for the week of May 27, up from 4,057 the week before.

The offenses that increased the most were shooting and vandalism. Shooting rose to 357 incidents last week, from 305 the week before. Vandalism went from 169 to 206. Shootings have continued to grow for the last three weeks.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a considerable percentage increase in theft, from 405 incidents per week to 409.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of assault went from 814 to 774. Incidents of robbery fell from 55 to 48, and burglary went down from 211 to 208.

There were 2,130 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 32 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 102 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Old North Milwaukee, Silver Spring and North Division had the most reported incidents last week. Old North Milwaukee and Silver Spring were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Midtown went up the most; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Sherman Park also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Triangle North are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Sunday, Monday and Saturday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while incidents on Sunday and Saturday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, after midnight and late afternoon 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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