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Violent crime up in Milwaukee

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Violent crime in Milwaukee is at its highest level since 2008. Police officials said yesterday that robberies jumped by 20-percent in the first six months of this year, compared to the same time a year ago. It resulted in a five-percent increase in Milwaukee’s violent crime. Overall crime is down by eight-percent, thanks to a decrease in property crimes like vandalism. Milwaukee Police started a campaign in late April to fight robberies, after a rash of them occurred on the city’s north side.

Smart-phones were taken in 30-percent of those holdups, so police educated the public on using passwords and installing tracking apps that officers can use.

Investigators also cracked down on stores that re-sell stolen phones. Both Police Chief Ed Flynn and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said they were happy that the city had fewer total crime victims – but both were concerned about the jump in robberies.