Annual Crime In Milwaukee (2018)

Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
In the event that crime data for this area is not available from the FBI, estimates are used. The estimates are based on demographic data including, but not limited to: home prices, income per capita and population density.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleMilwaukee/100k peopleWisconsin/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime26,115n/a (estimate)4,3851,8552,580
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleMilwaukee/100k peopleWisconsin/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder99n/a16.63.05.0
Rape489n/a82.138.742.6
Robbery2,279n/a382.660.086.2
Assault5,549n/a931.6193.7246.8
Violent crime8,416n/a (estimate)1,413295381
Burglary4,259n/a715.1242.5376.0
Theft8,851n/a1,486.01,168.91,594.6
Vehicle theft4,589n/a770.5148.5228.9
Property crime17,699n/a (estimate)2,9721,5602,200

Key findings

  • Milwaukee crime rates are 70% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Milwaukee are 271% higher than the national average
  • In Milwaukee you have a 1 in 23 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Milwaukee is safer than 4% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Milwaukee has decreased by 22%

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Compare Milwaukee, WI Crime To Other Cities

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      Daily Crime In Milwaukee (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Milwaukee, WI per 100,000 people. In Milwaukee, the total number of daily crimes is 2.36 times more than the Wisconsin average and 1.70 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Milwaukee is 4.78 times more than the Wisconsin average and 3.71 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Milwaukee has a daily crime rate that is 1.90 times more than the Wisconsin average and 1.35 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Milwaukee (higher is better)

      Many people wonder how safe they are in Milwaukee, WI in comparison to other cities in the state of Wisconsin as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Milwaukee to other cities in the state and across the country, Milwaukee is 0% safer than other cities of Wisconsin and 4% safer than other cities in the nation. Milwaukee has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Milwaukee

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Milwaukee is 1 in 71
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Milwaukee is 1 in 34
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Milwaukee is 1 in 23
      Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Milwaukee? In Milwaukee, WI you have a 1 in 71 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 34 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 23 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Milwaukee.

      Year Over Year Crime In Milwaukee (per 100,000 people)

      An ideal indicator of whether Milwaukee is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Milwaukee has decreased by 8% and the rate of property crime in Milwaukee has decreased by 27%. The total crime rate in Milwaukee has decreased by 22% year to year.

      Milwaukee police department

      ItemMilwaukeeWisconsinNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2,5779,355558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.32.43.3
      There are a total of 2,577 Milwaukee police officers. This results in 4.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 80% greater than the Wisconsin average and 32.2% greater than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Wisconsin

      StateTotal offendersWisconsin /100KNational /100K
      Wisconsin24,983456266
      There are a total of 24,983 sex offenders in Wisconsin. This yields a total of 456 sex offenders in Wisconsin per 100,000 residents which is 71% greater than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Bayside, WI4,4280434434
      Thiensville, WI3,1840446446
      Muskego, WI24,65036569605
      Lannon, WI1,053101536638
      Richfield, WI11,483112594707
      Wind Lake, WI5,383117618735
      River Hills, WI1,5480943943
      Milwaukee, WI598,6721,4132,9724,385

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Louisville, KY611,5732502,3152,565
      Las Vegas, NV613,2956052,8383,443
      Oklahoma City, OK620,0158674,0284,895
      Portland, OR620,5895205,4605,980
      Baltimore, MD621,0001,8334,4956,329
      Milwaukee, WI598,6721,4132,9724,385
      Source: The Milwaukee, WI crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.