Milwaukee crime declines in June; assault drops, number of shootings rises

Milwaukee crime declines in June; assault drops, number of shootings risesPhoto: iStock
Published on July 05, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee declined last month, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 8%, from 17,919 in May to 16,491 in June. Despite last month's decrease, crime reports remain at about the same level as a year ago. Crime trends often contain recurring patterns, based on seasons and other local events, making a year-over-year comparison most relevant.

Assault and theft reports declined the most from the previous month. Assault fell from 3,623 reported incidents in May to 3,244 in June, but has risen by 629 incidents since June of last year. Theft incidents went from 1,857 to 1,651 for the month, or about an 11% decrease. Theft reports are also slightly down from a year ago.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage decrease last month in vandalism, from 817 incidents per month to 708, and in burglary, from 948 to 837. Vandalism reports have increased considerably since the same month last year, while burglary incidents have declined.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, shooting reports went from 1,227 to 1,334. Shooting incidents have seen an overall downward trend since the same time last year.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Lincoln Village, Silver Spring and Lincoln Creek saw the largest decline from May to June. Maple Tree, Washington Heights and Walnut Hill also had considerable percentage decreases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels. Over the past year, crime has gone up the most in Clarke Square, and declined the most in Borchert Field.

Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays saw the most crime incidents last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Fridays, Thursdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Sundays went up. Comparing times of day, late night, after midnight and late afternoon had the most crime last month on average each day.

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