Crime going up in Milwaukee: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime going up in Milwaukee: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on July 25, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 3,998 for the week of July 15, up from 2,739 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were assault and theft. Assault rose to 851 incidents last week, from 566 the week before. Theft went from 255 to 457.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase in burglary, from 153 incidents per week to 260, and in vandalism, from 127 to 206 incidents.

There were 239 reported shooting incidents last week. That represents an increase from 187 incidents the previous week. There were also 54 incidents of robbery, up from 37 the week before.

There were 1,931 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 517 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, 121 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 80 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Harambee, Old North Milwaukee and Franklin Heights continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Harambee saw the largest increase. Crime reports in Park West also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Silver Spring are up considerably as well.

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

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

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