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
Published on August 08, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 3,971 for the week of July 29, down from 4,190 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were vandalism and assault. Vandalism fell to 153 incidents last week, from 203 the week before. Assault went from 823 to 787.

There was also a decrease in robbery, from 69 incidents per week to 61, and in burglary, from 262 to 257 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, shootings went from 293 to 318, and theft rose from 445 to 451.

There were 1,944 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 151 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, 96 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 112 reported arrests the week before.

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

Silver Spring saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Harambee also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Park West are down considerably as well.

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