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August Crime Info

September 21, 2018 12:54 PM

Hello All!


As part of our ongoing efforts to be informative and share information, I will provide some monthly crime data on my blog. 


MPD's dedicated Crime Analysts create this product.  We use it to help to identify trends within and across districts, and to help focus resources on 'hot spots'.


Below are excerpts from the AUGUST 2018 report:


Shots Fired:

In August of 2018 there were 3 shots-fired central


For the month of August there were 19 incidents city-wide


Year to date for the City there have been 131 shots fired--a 7.1% DECREASE over last year


Gang Activity:

Central district continues to experience large crowds on weekend nights in the area of the 600 block of University Ave. Gang members and associates are frequently seen hanging out in this area before and after the bars close. In addition to activity around the taverns, significant incidents have happened at the parking ramps and the high-rise apartment units in the area, MPD staffs this area on weekends with several additional officers to proactively make contact with these subjects to help remove any anonymity they may feel by being in a large crowd in the central district. Gang Officers have been a frequent part of DSI.



There were 31 robberies city-wide in August, 4 of which were in the Central District


The five year city-wide average for August robberies is 20.4


36% of robberies took place between 9p-2am



City-wide there were 116 burglaries in August compared to 83 burglaries in August of 2017, a 40% INCREASE


There were 24 burglaries central in August of 2018


***At least 25 burglaries took place while a resident was home***

***At least 36burglaries involved an unlocked door***




Heroin Overdoses:


Overdoses attributed to opiates continue to be a major problem in Madison (and throughout the nation).  The lethality of these drugs--thanks to incredibly potent synthetics--continues to increase.  


In August of 2018, Central had 7 overdoses; in August of 2017 there were 3


CITY WIDE: In the month of August 2018, there were 36 known overdoses. In August of 2017 there were 33 OD's city-wide.  36 known overdoses ties the record for the most OD's in a month since MPD started tracking (October of 2017 also had 36)


There have been 211overdoses so far in 2018, compared to 142 in the first eight months of 2017. This is a 48% INCREASE.


Regarding this year's overdoses, 146 (69%) are male, 65 (31%) are female.  171 (81%) are white, 33 (15%)are African American, and 7 (3%) are Hispanic.


FATALITIES: In August of 2018 there were 5 suspected deaths from heroin--compared with 1 opioid related fatality in August of 2017.  Year to date there have been 33 suspected heroin related deaths in Madison, compared to 15 last year at that INCREASE OF 220%


MARI: Patrol referred 8 people to the MARI program in August


MARI is the Madison Area Recovery Initiative, a program that MPD launched and for which MPD secured the grant funding.  MPD works in partnership with a host of other agencies and stakeholders to use this alternative to traditional arrest.


Stranger Sexual Assaults (includes 1st, 2nd, and 4th degree):

City-wide, there were 2 assaults in August (there were 5 in August of 2017)


Central had 1 assault in August of 2018 (4th degree) and 1 in August of 2017


Year to date there have been 31 stranger assaults city-wide, compared to 26 at this time in 2017, an INCREASE OF 19%


Jason Freedman

Captain of Police

Central District

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