Report: Milwaukee homicides up 15 percent in 2013
MILWAUKEE -- "Clearly we have our work cut out for us this year," said Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn.
The city was on track to have one of the lowest homicide rates ever in 2012, until August and September hit.
"We had nearly as many homicides in August in September as we had the whole first 6 months of the year," Flynn said.
Chief Flynn did not mince words when it came to the 15% increase in homicides from last year. There were 105 murders last year, that's as many as the high since 2007. About 1/3 of those happened in August and September.
MPD also saw an increase in robberies in 2012.
"First 6 months of last year we had a significant increase in robberies, almost a 10 percent increase," Flynn said.
Flynn explains every district made their own plan to cut down on robberies the second half of the year, which he thinks may also have helped bring down murder rate.
"These initiatives reduced robbery by 2 percent the second 6 months. We had the lowest 4th quarter robberies in 7 years. It wasn't enough to get us down for the year," Flynn said.
Overall crime in the city was down by nearly 9 percent from 2012.