Crime in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee's crime rate

There were 22,971 crimes reported in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, the city’s annual crime rate is 3,887 incidents for every 100,000 people.

How does Milwaukee compare?

Milwaukee has a higher overall crime rate than the vast majority of U.S. cities. For comparison, the national total crime rate is 2,489 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Milwaukee's overall crime rate is 120% higher than the overall crime rate in Wisconsin. Statewide, there were 102,742 crimes reported in 2019, or 1,765 for every 100,000 people.

What types of crimes are being committed?

The FBI's crime rate includes seven crime categories: three property crimes -- larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, and four violent crimes -- aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder.

Property crime

The vast majority of crimes in America are property crimes, accounting for 85% of total crimes in 2019. In Milwaukee, however, property crimes account for only about 66% of all offenses.

Despite accounting for a smaller than average share of total offenses, property crime is more prevalent in Milwaukee than it is nationwide. There were 15,097 property crimes in Milwaukee in 2019, or 2,555 for every 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the national property crime rate is 2,110 incidents per 100,000 people.

Larceny

Larceny is by far the most common type of property crime in the U.S. It is also the most commonly committed type of property crime in Milwaukee. There were 8,053 larcenies reported in Milwaukee in 2019, or 1,363 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the larceny rate is 1,550 per 100,000.

Burglary

There were 3,594 break-ins reported in Milwaukee in 2019, or 608 for every 100,000 residents. For reference, there were 341 reported burglaries for every 100,000 people nationwide in 2019.

Motor Vehicle Theft

Across the United States, the annual motor vehicle theft rate is 220 for every 100,000 people. In Milwaukee, meanwhile, there were 3,450 motor vehicle thefts in 2019, or 584 for every 100,000 people.

Violent crime

Violent crime accounts for a relatively small share of crimes nationwide. These offenses, which are generally more egregious than property crimes, account for about 15% of the nearly 8.2 million offenses reported across the U.S. in 2019. In Milwaukee, however, violent offenses account for a much larger 34% share of all reported crime.

At 1,333 incidents for every 100,000 people, the violent crime rate in Milwaukee is well above the national violent crime rate of 379 offenses per 100,000 people. Law enforcement in Milwaukee reported a total of 7,874 violent crimes in 2019.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime reported in the U.S. It is also the most commonly reported violent offense in Milwaukee. There were 5,439 aggravated assaults reported in Milwaukee in 2019, or 920 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the rate is far lower, standing at 250 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people.

Robbery

Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 1,911 robberies reported in Milwaukee in 2019, a rate of 323 robberies for every 100,000 residents. For comparison, the national robbery rate was 82 per 100,000 in 2019.

Rape

There were 427 rapes reported in Milwaukee in 2019, or 72 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, there were 139,815 rapes in 2019, a rate of 43 per 100,000 people.

Murder

There were 97 homicides committed in the city in 2019. Adjusted for population, the murder rate in Milwaukee is 16.4 murders for every 100,000 people, more than triple the national murder rate of 5 per 100,000 people.

Milwaukee compared to other cities in Wisconsin

Milwaukee has a higher crime rate than the vast majority of all comparable cities in Wisconsin. To be considered comparable, a city must have a complete 2019 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more.

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