An uptick in robberies in Madison in 2013. There were 302, a 21- percent increase from 2012.
Since '06, robberies had been on the decline, but police say they're not putting too much stock in one year of data and the higher numbers could be due to better reporting. The Downtown had the most robberies last year.
Police define robberies as a confrontation with a threat or use of force in which someone takes someone else's property. Muggings, business hold ups and home invasions are robberies, while theft and burglaries are not.
Police say the increased popularity of smartphones and crime connected to drug addiction are a couple of reasons for the increase in 2013.