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For another year in a row, homicide rates trend upward in Lafayette metro

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Crime figures released on Monday show that although the total violent-crime rate in the Lafayette metro area is going down, its homicide rate is on the rise.

According to the FBI, the Lafayette metropolitan statistical area includes Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin and Vermilion Parishes. KATC looked all the way back to 2013 and found that even though the total violent-crime rate has decreased each year, the murder rate has gone up.

Reported robberies and aggravated assaults in the Lafayette metro have decreased each year since 2013, and the number of reported rapes has fluctuated between 12 and 18 during the same period. Murders and non-negligent homicides, however, have been creeping upward, from five per 100,000 people in 2013 to 9.3 in 2016.

FBI Uniform Crime Statistics, Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area, 2016
Year

Murder, non-negligent

homicide totals

Rate per

100,000 people

2013 24 5.0
2014 36 7.5
2015 38 7.8
2016 46 9.3

But those totals and rates could be higher, as the FBI's 2016 Crime in the U.S. report doesn't include figures from the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office. The FBI says the agency under-reported its homicide numbers, so its figures were excluded from the report.

The Sheriff's Office has told us it investigated nine murders last year.

Nationwide, overall violent crime, including homicides, also showed a second consecutive year of increases, according to the FBI figures released on Monday.

The FBI cites a nationwide 4.1 percent increase in violent crime from 2015 and an 8.6 percent increase in homicides.

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