MPD releases crime statistics for first half of 2013

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Crime statistics released by the Milwaukee Police Department show that overall crime in the city has decreased so far this year, but violent crime is up.

The numbers are for the first six months of this year — compared to last year.

Overall crime was down 8%, but overall violent crimes were up 5%.

The increase in violent crime is driven by the increase in robberies, which was up by 20% compared to 2012.

Since 2007, overall violent crime has decreased 15%.

The summary of the findings as released by MPD is as follows:

  • During the first six months of 2013, robbery increased nearly 20%, compared to the same time period in 2012. 
  • Aggravated assaults decreased 3% in the first half of 2013 compared to 2012. 
  • Overall violent crime increased by 5% during the first six months of 2013, compared to 2012.  The increase in violent crime is driven by the increase in robberies. 
  • Since 2007, overall violent crime has decreased 15%. 
  • Auto theft decreased 12% in the first half of 2013, compared to the same time period in 2012. 
  • There was a 12% reduction in property crime during the first six months of 2013 from 2012. 
  • Total Part I Crimes decreased 8% during the first half of 2013, compared to the first half of 2012. 
  • Part I Crimes continue to decline during the first half of 2013, compared previous years (since 2007).