Posted: Oct 8, 2013 9:34 AM by AP (PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Murder and violent crimes declined sharply in Baton Rouge in the first half of 2013 compared with the first half of 2012. Police department statistic released Monday finds property crimes also saw a decline.
The Advocate reports the stats showed an overall decrease of more than 13 percent in crime during the first half of 2013 compared with the first half of 2012.
"Obviously we're encouraged by the numbers; we feel like many of the programs we've been putting in place are starting to pay off," Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. said.
"But we know there's still much work to do and we will continue to partner with the community to do everything possible to see these numbers keep dropping."
Murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery and assaults - classified as violent crimes - are down nearly 25 percent while property crimes - theft, burglary, auto theft and arson - are down by nearly 11 percent, stats show.
Police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said the Baton Rouge Area Violent Elimination Project and police street operations aimed at curbing violent crime are big factors in reducing the crime numbers.
"What it comes down to is hard work by the men and women in our department," he said.
"When you're more proactive, there's more of a chance to stop the crime before it happens. With the numbers showing a decrease, it appears that what we have been doing shows that it has been working, as of now."