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Published on October 31, 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 3,498 for the week of Oct. 21, down from 3,670 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were shooting and theft. Shooting fell to 291 incidents last week, from 341 the week before. Theft went from 418 to 386.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in burglary, from 207 incidents per week to 199.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 165 to 185. Incidents of robbery rose from 51 to 69, and assault went up from 699 to 715.

There were 1,653 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 136 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, 60 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 88 reported arrests the week before.

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

North Division saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Franklin Heights also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Saint Joseph are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Saturday, Sunday and Monday continued to have the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Friday and Wednesday, while incidents on Thursday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, after midnight and evening saw the most crime last week.

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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.