Whenever people want to talk about solving crime, they usually precede their solution with: “Crime has gotten out of control.”
But they usually don’t bother looking at the numbers. Mayor Dave gives us a good reminder of how much Madison has actually been improving for over a decade:
• Comparing the first three quarters of 2008 to the first three quarters of this year, violent crime is down 9% and property crime is down 10%. This is not an aberration. It continues the trend comparing all of 2008 to all of 2007, when all crimes were down 14% and violent crime was down 10%.
• Crime is way down over the last two decades. Madison was ranked the Best City in America and Best Mid-Sized City in America by Money Magazine in 1996 and 1997. For the first of these two years, there were 56 crimes per 1,000 people in Madison. For the second year, there were 54 crimes per 1,000 people. But, there were less than 47 per 1,000 in 2008. So crime is lower today than it was when we were rated the Best City in America.