The murder count was down nearly 35% in New Orleans in the second quarter of this year compared to the same time frame last year. The Uniform Crime Report (UCR) released today also shows that murders fell nearly 21% in the first half of 2013.
There were also fewer armed robberies in the first half of this year, down more than 6%. Assaults were slightly down as were auto thefts, which dropped 15% compared to the first six months of 2012.
The number of rapes and simple robberies increased in the first half of this year, but the overall “Persons Crime Total” (violent crimes index) actually fell more than 2%.
The overall “Property Crime Total” was up nearly 5%, after the number of thefts climbed nearly 11% and burglaries increased 4%.
“Reducing the number of murders in New Orleans is one of our highest priorities and we have all hands on deck,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “This update suggests that NOLA FOR LIFE, our comprehensive murder reduction strategy launched in 2012, is seeing early signs of progress and positive results.”
Superintendent Ronal Serpas said, “There is a double-digit percentage drop in the number of gun-toting individuals opening fire and killing others on the streets of New Orleans. That’s a noteworthy fall, and I’m confident we will stay on this path and see a significant drop in the murder total at the end of this year”.
“More officers in our neighborhoods will help to keep down violent crimes and put a dent in the number of property crimes. Our latest class of police recruits is scheduled to graduate and hit the streets in November, and a second class is slated to start before the end of the year. The NOPD is continuing to hire”, Serpas said.
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Contact: Remi Braden