Feb 26, 2013 8:54 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Murders, rapes and robberies increased in Baton Rouge last year, but the city saw an overall decrease in major crimes when compared with 2011. That's according to figures released Monday by the city's police department.
Property crimes dropped 4.66 percent while violent crimes against persons increased by 1.62 percent. Those categories combined accounted for a 3.65 decrease in major crimes, furthering what police described as a long-term downward trend.
Overall, the police department said serious crimes dropped for nine of the past 12 years - including a 33 percent decrease since 2000, even as the city's population has grown.
Baton Rouge averaged more than seven homicides a month during the first eight months of 2012, but that average fell to three over the last four months.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com