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

Crime going down in Milwaukee: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
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Published on August 15, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee last week remained roughly even with the week before, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

Assault and theft led the decrease in crime incidents. Assault fell to 747 incidents last week, from 787 the week before. Theft went from 451 to 417. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last three weeks.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a sizable percentage decrease in shootings, from 318 incidents per week to 285.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 153 to 194. Incidents of burglary rose from 257 to 272, and robbery went up from 61 to 63.

There were 1,992 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 48 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, 111 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 96 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Old North Milwaukee, Franklin Heights and Harambee continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Lincoln Creek experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Layton Park also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Timmerman West are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Friday, Sunday and Monday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Monday and Saturday, while incidents on Thursday, Sunday and Friday went up. Comparing times of day, late night, 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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