Milwaukee’s police chief touts reduction in crime in city for first half of 2019

Milwaukee Police Department

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales released on Wednesday, July 3 statistics which he says demonstrates a reduction in crime in the city for the first half of 2019.

The chief noted there has been a 15 percent decrease in homicides, 21 percent decrease in non-fatal shootings and 26 percent decrease in carjackings from year-to-date 2018.

In addition every offense type for Part I crime has decreased over the last year, as well as over the last two years year-to-date:

Offense type 2017-19 % change    2018-19 % change
Homicide -17% -15%
Rape -2% -12%
Robbery -41% -27%
Aggravated assault -11% -10%
Burglary -48% -28%
Motor vehicle theft -36% -33%
Theft -29% -14%
Arson -36% -8%
Violent crime -19% -14%
Property crime -36% -22%
Total -31% -20%

Source: Milwaukee Police Department for the time period of January 1 – June 30, 2017-2019

Chief Morales’ news release ends with the following statement:

“Although crime has decreased substantially compared to this time last year, we will not ignore the surge of gun-related violence that occurred in the past week. One victim is one victim too many. We are devoted to making Milwaukee a safer place to live, work and raise a family for everyone.”

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.