Milwaukee crime trending up: Which offenses are rising most?

Milwaukee crime trending up: Which offenses are rising most?Photo: iStock
Published on September 26, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee increased slightly last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 4,070 for the week of Sept. 16, up from 4,001 the week before.

The offenses that increased the most were assault and vandalism. Assault rose to 818 incidents last week, from 732 the week before. Vandalism went from 156 to 180. Reports of assault have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

Among other categories, there was also an increase in robbery, from 54 incidents per week to 69, and in shootings, from 362 to 370 incidents.

There were 424 reported theft incidents last week. That represents an increase from 422 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from 260 to 226.

There were 1,983 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 32 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, 105 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 107 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Old North Milwaukee, Harambee and North Division 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 Lincoln Village went up the most. Crime reports in North Division also rose for a second week, and incidents in Park West are up considerably as well.

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

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