Crime increasing in Milwaukee: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime increasing in Milwaukee: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on August 01, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 4,189 for the week of July 22, up from 4,000 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were shooting and robbery. Shooting rose to 292 incidents last week, from 240 the week before. Robbery went from 54 to 69.

Among other categories, there was also an increase in burglary, from 260 incidents per week to 262.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of assault went from 851 to 823. Incidents of theft fell from 457 to 445, and vandalism went down from 206 to 203.

There were 2,095 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 163 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, 112 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 122 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.

Riverwest saw the largest increase. Crime reports in Franklin Heights also rose for a third week, and incidents in Lincoln Village are up considerably as well.

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