Milwaukee crime going down: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Milwaukee crime going down: Which offenses are leading the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on September 05, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 4,106 for the week of Aug. 26, down from 4,237 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime reports was led by assault and robbery. Assault fell to 755 incidents last week, from 852 the week before. Robbery went from 91 to 68.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in vandalism, from 185 incidents per week to 169, and in burglary, from 246 to 229 incidents.

There were 445 reported theft incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 456 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, shootings went from 340 to 390.

There were 2,050 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 17 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, the same number as the week before.

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

Crime in Harambee decreased the most. Crime reports in North Division also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Juneau Town are down considerably as well.

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