Violent crimes climbed 18 percent in Milwaukee County suburbs in 2003 compared with the previous year, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Cudahy Lt. David Aamodt attributed the increase to a growing drug problem and gang affiliations. Suburban police said the rebirth of Milwaukee’s Gang Crimes Unit might send some gangs to smaller communities to seek residence. Cudahy, with a population of 18,000, has seen an increase in aggravated assaults. “We’ve seen weapons like baseball bats or knives being used, and that’s a cause for concern,” Aamodt said.
Cudahy is reviewing a proposal for a crime suppression unit that would focus on crimes in targeted areas to include gangs, drug offenses, gun offenses, significant property crimes, and violent offenses. The group would heighten police presence in targeted areas with aggressive patrols and investigations that will aim to prevent crime. Franklin had 674 property crimes, compared with 519 in 2002. Many occurred at construction sites.