Reports of crime in Milwaukee dropped by nearly 17 percent in this year’s first three months compared with the same period last year, with violent crime falling even further, Police Chief Edward Flynn said yesterday, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The new numbers come after the city recorded a 6 percent drop in reported crimes in all of 2008 compared with the year before.
During the first three months of 2009, reports of crime were down broadly across several categories, highlighted by a 30 percent drop in auto theft and a 23 percent drop in aggravated assault. Flynn attributed the drop to the department’s increased use of data to target hot spots, better sharing of information between detectives and patrol officers, and improved follow-up investigations. “Our presence is being felt,” Flynn said.