Madison police release first quarterly report for 2019

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)-- Madison's police chief released the first 2019 quarterly report on the police department to members of the Madison Common Council on April 3.

According to the preliminary data within the report, there were decreases in several crime areas, except robberies, from January 1 through March 31, 2019. This is in comparison to the first quarter of 2018.

62 robberies occurred in the city. It is a 32% increase from the same time period in 2018.

Shots fired
There were 24 shots fired incidents from January 1 through March31. This is a 50% decrease from the first quarter of 2018. Nine shots fired incidents were reported during the 4 p.m. – midnight period, eight were reported during the midnight – 8 a.m. time period, and seven were reported during the 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. time period.

During the shots fired incidents in the first three months of 2019, nine incidents had property damage, while four incidents involved people being struck by gunfire. None of the incidents were self-inflicted.

Shots fired incidents also decreased 16% from 2017 to 2018.

Heroin Overdoses

According to the report, police officers responded to 40 known heroin overdoses during the first quarter of 2019. This is a decreased of 34% from the first quarter in 2018. Chief Koval noted there are more overdoses occurring in Madison without any report to the police or fire departments.

There were eight overdose deaths from January through March. This is an 11% decrease from the first quarter in 2018.


62 robberies were reported to the Madison Police Department from January through March. A majority of the robberies occurred in January. It is the highest total number of robberies in the first quarter during the past five years.


Madison police officers responded to 189 burglaries during the first quarter of 2019. It is a 7% decreased from the first quarter in 2018.Of the burglaries occurring during the first quarter, at least 65 burglaries occurred when a resident was at home and/or asleep, and at least 53 burglaries occurred with the help of an unlocked door or an open garage.

49 burglaries occurred in the city's West Side, 16 in the city's South Side, 27 occurred in central Madison, 25 occurred in the North Side, and 32 occurred on the East Side.

Nine guns and 8 vehicles were taken during first quarter burglaries.

To view the full 2019 first quarter report, click here