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Published on October 17, 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.

Theft and burglary led the increase in crime reports. Theft rose to 406 incidents last week, from 373 the week before. Burglary went from 216 to 233.

There was also an increase in assaults, from 718 incidents per week to 729.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, shootings went from 331 to 309. Incidents of robbery fell from 60 to 46 and vandalism went down from 157 to 156.

There were 1,789 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 12 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, the same number as the week before.

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

Roosevelt Grove saw the largest increase. Crime reports in Kilbourn Town also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Historic Mitchell Street are up considerably as well.

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

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