Milwaukee crime declining: Which offenses are falling most?

Milwaukee crime declining: Which offenses are falling most?Photo: iStock
Published on August 22, 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.

The overall decrease in crime reports was led by burglary and robbery. Burglary fell to 265 incidents last week, from 272 the week before. Robbery went from 63 to 56.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in shootings, from 285 incidents per week to 280.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 747 to 757. Incidents of vandalism rose from 194 to 201, and theft went up from 417 to 422.

There were 1,981 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 11 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, 103 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 111 reported arrests the week before.

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

Historic Mitchell Street experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Timmerman West also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Park West are up considerably as well.

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