Jun 2, 2011 10:13 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The number of major crimes committed in Baton Rouge last year dropped 9 percent from 2009. That's according to statistics the police department released Wednesday.
The statistics show crimes against people - murder, rape, robbery and assault - fell more than 10 percent.
Crimes against property - burglary, larceny, arson and motor vehicle theft - were down nearly 9 percent.
The number of homicides in Baton Rouge fell from 75 in 2009 - the highest on record - to 69 in 2010.
Police spokesman Sgt. Donald Stone tells The Advocate that he's unsure exactly what attributed to the decrease. Stone says the department implemented new programs and technologies to deter criminals, including the police helicopter acquired last year.