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Wray: Madison crime down 3.3 percent

Published On: Apr 25 2013 02:04:51 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 24 2013 01:46:59 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

Crime numbers dropped 3.3 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to Madison Police Chief Noble Wray.

Numbers released Wednesday show significant decreases in assaults, homicides, vehicle thefts, fraud and robberies. The number of aggravated assaults, sex offenses, damage to property and burglaries were up in 2012.

Wray said forcible sex offenses increased 24 percent in 2012, the largest increase in the report. The Dane County Rape Crisis Center has also seen a significant increase in crisis services, according to Kelly Anderson, executive director for the center.

Wray identified opiate addicted individuals, gang involved young people, and repeat criminal offenders as continued threats to public safety in Madison.

2012 Madison crime statistics:

• Homicide: 2012= 3 (2011=6)
• Assault: 2012=1,173 (2011 = 1,486)
• Aggravated Assault: 2012= 532 (2011=449)
• Sex Offenses –Forcible: 2012 = 228 (2011=184)
• Sex Offenses – Non-Forcible: 2012 = 79 (2011=76)
• Theft: 2012 = 6,168 (2011 = 6,440)
• Damage to Property: 2012 = 2,426 (2011 = 2,236)
• Burglary: 2012 = 1,595 (2011 = 1,446)
• Fraud: 2012 = 904 (2011 = 1,147)
• Motor Vehicle Theft: 2012 = 260 (2011 = 351)
• Robbery: 2012 = 246 (2011 = 272)

Chief's report

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