Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Crimes in Wisconsin 2009

Using data from approximately 400 law enforcement agencies, the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance (OJA) has published reports that show the number of crimes reported and arrests made during 2009 declined in Wisconsin. Here are some of the key findings:


  • Between 2008 and 2009, the violent crime rate declined by six percent.
  • The property crime rate declined by five percent.
  • Among violent crimes, Aggravated Assault accounted for 58 percent, Robbery, 33 percent, Forcible Rape, 8 percent, and Murder, one percent.
  • Aggravated Assault had the biggest change, a seven percent decline.
  • The crime rates for Forcible Rape and Robbery also declined.
  • Among property crimes, Theft accounted for 75 percent, Burglary, 18 percent, Motor Vehicle Theft, six percent and Arson, one percent.
  • Motor Vehicle Theft had the biggest change, a 23 percent decline.
  • During 2009, the number of persons murdered in Wisconsin declined by one percent.
  • The murder rate in 2009 was 2.6 per 100,000 Wisconsin residents.
  • Firearms were used in 65 percent of murders.
  • Eightyeight percent of murders were cleared by arrest during 2009, up four percent from 2008.
  • During 2009, the number of forcible rapes crimes reported to law enforcement agencies declined by one percent.
  • Personal weapons, such as hands, fists, and feet, were used in 72 percent of forcible rape offenses.
  • During 2009, the number of robberies reported in Wisconsin declined by five percent.
  • Collectively, robberies cost Wisconsin victims nearly $4 million (average loss per robbery was $883).
  • The total value of stolen motor vehicles during 2009 was over $82 million.

You can see the crime reports from OJA here.

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