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October Crime Information

November 26, 2018 2:57 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 OCTOBER 2018 report:


Shots Fired:

In October of 2018, there were 2 shots-fired central


For the month of October there were 18 incidents city-wide


Year to date for the City there have been 162 shots fired--a 12%  DECREASE over last year


Year to date 23 individuals have been struck by gunfire (not including accidents (5 year to date) and self-inflicted (10 year to date)). 




There were 23 robberies city-wide in October (compared to 23 in October of 2017); Central District had 4 robberies in October of 2018


The five year city-wide average for October robberies is 23.6


42% of robberies took place between 9p-3am and Fridays and Mondays are the most prolific days for robberies




City-wide there were 107 burglaries in October compared to 82 burglaries in October of 2017, a 30% INCREASE


There were 18 burglaries central in October of 2018


***at least 51% of burglaries occurred while a resident was home***

***at least 57% of burglaries involved an unlocked door or open garage***








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 October of 2018, Central had 0 overdoses; in October of 2017 there were 8


CITY WIDE: In the month of October 2018, there were 25 known overdoses. In October of 2017 there were 36 OD's city-wide. 


There have been 251 overdoses so far in 2018, compared to 199 in the first nine months of 2017. This is a 26% INCREASE.


FATALITIES: In October of 2018 there were 4 suspected death from heroin--compared with 5 opioid related fatalities in October of 2017.  Year to date there have been 38 suspected heroin related deaths in Madison, compared to 21 last year at that time.


MARI: Patrol referred 7 people to the MARI program in October


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.


MPD has recently added a MARI page to our website:


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

City-wide, there were 3 assaults in October (there were 2 in October of 2017)


Central had 2 assaults in October of 2018.


Year to date there have been 44 stranger assaults city-wide, compared to 33at this time in 2017, an INCREASE OF 33%


Jason Freedman

Captain of Police

Central District

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