Homicides Down

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Homicides are down in Wisconsin's largest city.

Milwaukee police say homicides decreased by 16 percent in 2006 over 2005.

There were 103 homicides in 2006, compared to 122 in 2005 and 88 in 2004.

Deputy Chief Brian O'Keefe says the decrease appears largely due to a drop in deadly robberies.

Steven Brandl, a criminal justice professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, says the level is pretty ordinary, with 2004's low and 2005's spike both being anomalies.

In fact, the 2006 total is below the average number of reportable homicides for the past ten years.

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