The number of heroin overdoses in Madison has gone up 76 percent in May compared to May of last year, but the number of robberies has decreased slightly, according to figures from Madison Police Chief Mike Koval.
The chief, in his blogs on Friday and Monday, looked at data on heroin overdoses and robberies reported in the city for the month of May and also for the first five months of the year.
"Heroin overdoses sadly saw a major increase," Koval wrote in his blog.
The 30 overdoses in May this year compared to 17 overdoses in May 2017.
There also were five heroin overdose deaths in May 2018, while no heroin overdose deaths were reported in May 2017.
The number of heroin overdoses from January through May also jumped in 2018, with 109 reported this year compared to 87 last year, a 25 percent increase.
Robberies stayed pretty close to normal the first five months of 2018 compared to the same time period last year.
Koval wrote 85 robberies were reported in Madison from January through May 2018, while the five-year average over the past five years during the same time period was 89 robberies, a four percent decrease.
Twenty-two robberies were reported in Madison in May this year, a 21 percent drop from the 28 robberies reported in May 2017.
"We continue to see that most robberies occur on Fridays, as well as during the 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. time frame," Koval wrote.
Robberies in May were pretty well spread out, with six reported in the east district, five in the central district, three each in the midtown, south and north districts and two in the west district.