Reported crime in Milwaukee decreased 12.3 percent overall through the first nine months of this year when compared with the same period in 2008, marking the seventh consecutive quarter in which crime has dropped in the city, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Reports of violent crime – homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – were down 18.2 percent when compared with 2008 and 25.2 perecent when compared with 2007.
“That’s a trend, not an anomaly,” Police Chief Edward Flynn said. “That’s an important point to stress here. That’s a big reduction, a one-quarter decrease in violent crime in two years.” Property crime – burglary, theft, auto theft and arson – decreased 11.1 percent compared with 2008. Rape and arson are the only crimes that increased. Homicides remained steady. The overall decrease in crime is due in large part to policing based on constantly updated information on where and when crime is occurring, Flynn said.