Violent crime in Milwaukee is down almost across the board over the past five years, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In many categories numbers have fluctuated, making it hard to see a definite trend. In every category, the numbers are lower in the first quarter of 2011 than they were in the first quarter of 2007. Aggravated assaults, such as shootings or beatings, have declined without interruption and have been cut nearly in half, from more than 1,000 in the first quarter of 2007 to 555 in 2011.
In just the past year, reported violent crime overall – homicides, robberies, rape and aggravated assaults – has decreased by nearly 10 percent. Rape was the only violent crime that increased. Research indicates that close collaboration between neighborhood residents and police departments is among the most effective ways to lower crime. One community organizer on Milwaukee’s northwest side believes that’s what does the trick in her neighborhood. Police Chief Edward Flynn said, “We are more closely aligned with the hot spots of crime than ever before.”