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Overall crime down in Madison, sexual assaults up

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police say crime was down in 2012 from 2011.

Numbers show crime dropped about 3.5 percent in 2012 as compared to 2011.

Officers say there were significant decreases in several categories like assault, homicide and robbery.

But when you look deeper into the numbers, you find a troubling trend. The statistics also an increase in sexual assaults, from 184 in 2011 to 228 in 2012.

That's a nearly 25% jump.

Here are the numbers from MPD:

  • 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)

Police Chief Noble Wray says the number of sexual assault cases in 2012 is comparable to the number of cases reported in 2010, when there were 209.

Wray says there are three serious areas that continue to threaten public safety in Madison: opiate addicted individuals, gang involved young people and repeat criminal offenders.

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