Monday, January 23, 2017

In the news: Crime in Wisconsin

The majority of crimes fall into 2 categories:  Property and Larceny/Theft.  Both peaked in the early 1980s.

1979 to 1983 is the period of time when the Wisconsin crime index was at its highest.

Vukmir, Sanfelippo: Victim prevention must be a Wisconsin priority.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/21/2017)  

More heat than light in this op-ed piece.  
Between 2011 and 2015, arrests in Wisconsin decreased 20%.  
 Some might instinctively attribute that statistic to an increase in public safety, but that fails to tell the story of the growing number of victims. While arrest rates are down, violent crimes have risen. In 2011, Wisconsin saw 139 devastating homicides.   (As opposed to uplifting ones?) 
In 2015, that number tragically reached 240, a 72.6% increase in murder. 

Highest rate:  4.8 in 1991

Sexual assaults increased 2%, 

Highest rate:  26.3 in 1992

robberies 13%,

Highest rate:  119.8 in 1992

aggravated assaults 21.5%, 

Highest rate:  180.1 in 2015

and motor vehicle thefts jumped an astonishing 50% from 2013. 

Highest rate:  436.4 in 1991
(2015 rate is about the same as 1966.  Astonishing.)

These are more than just numbers, these are the lives of victims who have been impacted by traumatic injustices.

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