Jan 7, 2013 3:59 PM by Melissa Canone
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office has released statistics of criminal activity from the past year. Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz said, "Statistics are crucial in law enforcement because it shows us trends in crime and where to focus our enforcement efforts. This is something we have to pay attention to so we are able to be proactive in deterring crime and lowering the crime rate."
January 1, 1012-December 31, 2012
Interior Auto thefts- 126 Residential burglary- 303
Auto Thefts- 64
Total complaints for previous years:
Juvenile incidents- 215
Burglary of business- 50
Guidroz said, "In the past year, our deputies have responded to nearly 24,000 complaints within St. Landry Parish. Although that might seem like a lot, it's actually the lowest number that we have seen in the past 4 years. Economy has a major role to play in crime rate. When the economy is bad, we see a higher numbers in criminal activity."
"Although we have solved many burglaries from last year, we are still working vigilantly on solving those that have not been solved.
"We have seen an increase in residential burglaries. We need to focus the public's attention on how to prevent burglaries, how to recognize suspicious behavior, and how to report that suspicious behavior to the police. A partnership between alert residents and law enforcement is one of the most effective ways to combat the burglary problem," Guidroz added.