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Wisconsin crime rates down in 2008

MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin was slightly safer last year, according to a new report released by the Office of Justice Assistance.

Using data from hundreds of local law enforcement agencies, the state's annual crime report found the number of violent crimes -- murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault -- fell 4.6 percent from 2007.

The murder rate fell to 2.6 percent, the lowest since 2004.

Investigators arrested someone in 85 percent of all homicide cases last year, the best performance in the last five years.

The report also found:

  • Murder, down 20.5 percent, from 185 people in 2007 to 147 in 2008
  • Property crimes -- burglary, theft, car theft and arson -- down 2.5 percent, from 160,069 to 156,140
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