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Wisconsin Crime Statistics

This page contains crime numbers for Wisconsin. You can take a look at the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime figures over time, and see how Wisconsin compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records information for Wisconsin, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 1,708,486 total crimes reported in Wisconsin (134,846 of them violent). Of the 170,849 crimes that happen every year in Wisconsin, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Wisconsin every 3 minutes. This includes 1,716 murders, 11,549 rapes, and greater than one million thefts (including 131,859 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Wisconsin for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Wisconsin has lessened by 1%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 16%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight reduction in crime over the last 10 years in Wisconsin. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to one hundred and sixty-eight thousand for Wisconsin in 2009.

Crime Trends in Wisconsin (1999-2008)

Keep in mind that these graphs show reported crime numbers and certain sharp changes in crime figures might be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in states like Wisconsin (1999-2008)

Users are warned against reading into ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a given location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or variations in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual chart bars to see crime numbers in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Wisconsin law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Wisconsin conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.