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FBI: Madison was country's 4th safest city in 2012

Madison's murder rate was 73 percent below national average

MADISON, Wis. - The FBI named Madison the fourth safest city for 2012 in a report on crime, according to a release.

Madison has a murder rate 73 percent below the national average and a robbery rate at 11 percent below average, according to the release.

Irvine, Calif., was named the safest city in the country with a murder rate 80 percent below average and a robbery rate 86 perfect below average, according to the release.

"This is great news to receive," Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said in the release. "I am confident that programs like Community Policing and our Neighborhood Resource Teams that take city staff from a number of departments into challenged neighborhoods, make a huge difference. We won't however, be satisfied until we are ranked number one."

According to the FBI report, law enforcement agencies nationwide reported an increase of 1.2 percent in the number of violent crimes reported.

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