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Wisconsin murder rate hits 5-year low


MADISON (WSAU) Wisconsin’s murder rate last year was the lowest since 2004. That’s according to new figures from the state Office of Justice Assistance. One-hundred-47 people were murdered in the Badger State last year, 38 fewer than in 2007.

There were 2.6-killings for every 100-thousand residents, the lowest in four years. And authorities made arrests in 85-percent of all homicides – the highest in the last five years.

Other violent crimes went down, too. The category that includes murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault showed a four-point-six percent drop from 2007. Property crimes like burglary and theft went down by two-and-a-half percent. Wisconsin had 156-thousand of those in 2008, down from 160-thousand the previous year.