MPD releases new crime statistics

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by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Police Department released partial 2013 crime statistics for the first time this year. Number released by the police department show statistics and percentage of increase from January to June.

New crime statistics are revealing an increase in robbery, homicide, and violent crime. Crime numbers are also showing a decrease in theft, car theft, arson, and property crime. Here's a just a few highlights from this year's crime statistics.

  • 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).

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