Wi. Crime Down, Problems Remain In Worst Areas


Reported crime in Wisconsin dropped 5.8 percent in 2004, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It was the ninth time in the last decade crime has gone down, reaching a 31-year low. The drop matches a nationwide trend that began in 1993, said criminologist Samuel Walker of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. “There has been a remarkable decline,” he said. “There is no question the national trend is very real by all measures, and it is a very positive development.”

Experts say there is no single reason for the decrease, but rather cite a combination of less crack cocaine use and other societal factors. Some cite aggressive police strategies and lock-up rates. Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. called the numbers encouraging but merely a “mechanical” measurement of crime. “The question is, do people living in the most violence-ravaged areas of the city feel safe? The answer to that question is no,” he said. “I am encouraged, but we have a long way to go.”

Link: http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/may05/327194.asp

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