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Published on August 29, 2019
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The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 4,225 for the week of Aug. 19, up from 3,966 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were assault and shooting. Assault rose to 852 incidents last week, from 757 the week before. Shootings went from 284 to 340. Reports of assault have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

Among other categories, there was also an increase in robbery, from 56 incidents per week to 91, and in theft, from 422 to 455 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from 265 to 246, and vandalism fell from 201 to 185.

There were 2,056 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 75 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, 106 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 103 reported arrests the week before.

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

Harambee saw the largest increase; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for three weeks in a row. Crime reports in Arlington Heights also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Lincoln Creek are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Saturday, Thursday and Sunday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday, while incidents on Monday went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, late night and after midnight 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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