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Wisconsin's murder rate lowest since 2004

Wisconsin's murder rate last year was the lowest since 2004.

That's according to new figures from the state Office of Justice Assistance.

147 people were murdered in the Badger State last year, 38 fewer than in 2007. There were 2.6 killings for every 100,000 residents, the lowest in four years.

And authorities made arrests in 85 percent of all homicides, the highest in the last five years.

Other violent crimes went down, too.

The category that includes murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault showed a 4.6 percent drop from 2007.

Property crimes like burglary and theft went down by 2.5 percent.

Wisconsin had 156,000 of those in 2008, down from 160,000 the previous year.