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Published on October 03, 2019
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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 3,948 for the week of Sept. 23, down from 4,073 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and vandalism. Assault fell to 745 incidents last week, from 818 the week before. Vandalism went from 180 to 134.

There was also a sizable percentage decrease in robberies, from 69 incidents per week to 63.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, shootings went from 371 to 392. Incidents of burglary rose from 226 to 234, and theft went up from 424 to 428.

There were 1,952 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 33 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, 123 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 105 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Old North Milwaukee, Kilbourn Town and Franklin Heights had the most reported incidents last week. Old North Milwaukee was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

North Division experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Harambee also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Silver Spring are down considerably as well.

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

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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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.