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Published on October 28, 2019
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The number of crime incidents in Milwaukee last week remained roughly even with the week before, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

The offenses that increased the most were shootings and thefts. Shootings rose to 341 incidents last week, from 310 the week before. Thefts went from 406 to 418. Reports of theft have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

There was also a considerable percentage increase in robberies, from 46 incidents per week to 51, and in vandalism, from 156 to 165 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of assault went from 729 to 699, and burglaries fell from 233 to 207.

There were 1,789 reports of "other" crimes, even with the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 88 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 84 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Harambee, Old North Milwaukee and North Division had the most reported incidents last week. Harambee and Old North Milwaukee were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Hampton Heights experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Lincoln Village also fell for a second week, and incidents in Clarke Square are down considerably as well.

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

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