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Published on July 03, 2019
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The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee saw an overall decrease last week for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. The number of reported incidents fell to 3,599 for the week of June 24, down from 3,696 the week before.

Burglary and assault led the decrease in reported crime incidents. Burglary fell to 169 incidents last week, from 223 the week before. Assault dropped from 734 to 711. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last three weeks.

There was also a decrease in reports of robbery, down from 50 incidents per week to 43, and in reports of theft, down from 344 to 330 incidents.

There were 158 reported vandalism incidents last week, which represents a decrease from 162 reported incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, the number of reported shootings rose from 300 to 349.

There were 1,839 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 44 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, 94 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 119 reported incidents the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Old North Milwaukee, Harambee and the Historic Third Ward had the most reported incidents last week. Old North Milwaukee and Harambee were at the top of the list last week as well.

Reports of crime in North Division decreased the most. Incident reports in Historic Mitchell Street also fell, after increasing the week before, and reports in Washington Park are down considerably as well.

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

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

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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