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 September 19, 2019

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 4,001 for the week of Sept. 9, up from 3,892 the week before.

The offenses that increased the most were shootings and thefts. Shootings rose to 362 incidents last week, from 318 the week before. Thefts went from 397 to 422.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in robberies, from 46 incidents per week to 54, and in burglaries, from 245 to 260 incidents.

There were 732 reported assault incidents last week. That represents an increase from 730 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of vandalism went from 163 to 156.

There were 2,015 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 22 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, 107 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 102 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Old North Milwaukee, Harambee and Muskego Way had the most reported incidents last week. Old North Milwaukee and Harambee were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Muskego Way experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Old North Milwaukee also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Menomonee River Hills are up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Sunday, Saturday and Tuesday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, while incidents on Monday, Thursday and Friday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, late afternoon and late night saw the most crime last week.

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This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.