MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s largest city continues to get safer. Milwaukee Police said today that seven-point-six-percent fewer crimes were reported in the first half of this year, compared to the same time a year ago.
And total crime is down 19 percent from the first half of 2007. Milwaukee’s violent crimes are down 12 percent from the year before. They include murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault and those are also down a whopping 30 percent from the first half of ’07.
Property crimes fell by six-point-six percent from last year. Burglary is the only category that had an increase. It was up almost four-percent from the first half of ’09. The declines are similar to what’s happening in other big cities throughout America.
Experts credit better policing strategies, new technology to track high crime areas, longer sentences for the most violent crimes, and a decline in drug related crimes. Milwaukee Police said crime has dropped in the last 10 quarters, and in every quarter since chief Ed Flynn took over in 2008.