Overall crime down almost 13% in first quarter, police say

2011-06-08T10:45:00Z 2011-09-20T09:17:47Z Overall crime down almost 13% in first quarter, police sayBILL NOVAK | The Capital Times | bnovak@madison.com madison.com

Overall crime numbers are down almost 13 percent in Madison in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the first quarter of 2010, according to figures released Wednesday by the Madison Police Department.

Person crimes led the downward trend with a 20 percent drop, while property crimes were down more than 13 percent and society crimes were down about 1 percent, for an overall drop in crime of 12.8 percent, the report said.

Overall, property crimes outnumber person crimes by about 5-1 and society crimes by 7-1.

The person crimes listed in the report include assault, homicide, forcible sex offenses and non-forcible sex offenses.

The property crimes include burglary, damage to property, fraud, motor vehicle theft, robbery and theft.

Crimes against society include drug/narcotic offenses and weapons violations.

While the drop in crime looks good, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said it's a little too early to say if this trend will stick.

"Chief Noble Wray says citizens should not read too much into short-term numbers," DeSpain said in a news release. "It's best to analyze trends over larger segments of time."

According to the report, 3,114 crimes were reported to Madison police in the first quarter of 2011, compared to 3,575 in the first quarter of 2010.

Person crimes dropped from 595 in the first quarter of 2010 to 488 the first quarter of 2011, property crimes dropped from 2,606 the first quarter of 2010 to 2,259 the first quarter of 2011, and society crimes dropped from 372 the first quarter of 2010 to 367 the first quarter of 2011.

For person crimes, first quarter numbers show assaults dropped from 548 in 2010 to 440 in 2011, homicides dropped from one to none, forcible sex offenses went up from 45 to 47, and non-forcible sex offenses stayed at one.

For property crimes, burglaries dropped from 384 the first quarter of 2010 to 231 the first quarter of 2011, damage to property dropped from 476 to 428, fraud went up from 230 to 232, motor vehicle theft dropped from 86 to 62, robbery dropped from 78 to 61 and theft fell from 1,352 to 1,245.

For society crimes, drug/narcotics offenses went up from 326 in the first quarter of 2010 to 329 the first quarter of 2011, and weapons violations went down from 46 to 38.

"Reducing crime, and making Madison the safest city possible, is a collaborative effort," DeSpain said. "The Madison Police Department is proud of its relationship with many community partners."


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