Milwaukee crime dropping: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Milwaukee crime dropping: Which offenses are leading the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on September 12, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 3,891 for the week of September 2, down from 4,108 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were shootings and thefts. Shooting fell to 318 incidents last week, from 392 the week before. Theft went from 445 to 397. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in robbery, from 68 incidents per week to 46, and in assault, from 755 to 730 incidents.

There were 163 reported vandalism incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 169 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from 229 to 245.

There were 1,992 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 58 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, 102 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 106 reported arrests the week before.

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

Muskego Way saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Clarke Square also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Old North Milwaukee are down considerably as well.

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