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Published on October 10, 2019
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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 3,656 for the week of Sept. 30, down from 3,956 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were shooting and theft. Shooting fell to 331 incidents last week, from 394 the week before. Theft went from 428 to 373.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in burglary, from 234 incidents per week to 216, and in assault, from 745 to 718 incidents.

There were 60 reported robbery incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 64 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 134 to 157.

There were 1,801 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 156 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, 84 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 123 reported arrests the week before.

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

Crime in Old North Milwaukee decreased the most. Crime reports in Kilbourn Town also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Clarke Square are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Monday, Tuesday and Sunday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Saturday, Friday and Thursday. Comparing times of day, evening, after midnight 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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