BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — A new report from the FBI shows crime numbers are down all across the country, including right here in Louisiana. Most of the state’s biggest cities are seeing fewer murders, robberies, and rapes.
In the south, the number of violent crimes has dropped a little less than 6% in the first six months of 2011 compared to the first six months of 2010.
However, people living in high crime areas in Baton Rouge say they don’t see that in their neighborhoods.
When Dorothy Earl heard about the numbers, she was surprised. “It’s not coming down. It’s so sad, but it’s not going to come down.”
Instead, she thinks it might be going up.
“To me, crime is really rising,” Earl says. “Criminals are always out-smarting the police.”
Earl isn’t alone when it comes to that point of view.
“I hear a lot of murders on TV,” says Diana Morgan. “I don’t think it went down.”
“Crime isn’t going down,” another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, says. “I do think police are doing a good job preventing it from going up though.”
There are some people who say they are seeing changes for the better in their neighborhoods. They’re happy with the work police are doing to make their community safe.
“They’re doing a good job of getting all the bad people away from good neighbors, good people, good working citizens,” says Carlos Williams.
Donna Kamacho used to be afraid when she first moved to the Gardere area. “We used to hear gunshots go off every night,” she says. “We had to duck and hit the floor.”
Lately, her neighborhood has been quiet.
“No guns going off, not a lot of crime out here. I walk the streets. My baby walks the streets. She plays in the dark at night. It’s safe around here now.”
Some, like Earl, say it will always be out there.
“I don’t think there’s anything that can be done if you want to know the truth.”
And she says it’s not just here, but everywhere.
“There’s nowhere to run away from it. There’s nowhere to go,” she says.
Others, however, keep faith that over time things will continue to get better.
“We take it day by day for everything to just get back to normal,” says Williams.
Baton Rouge is not a part of that report. A spokesperson with BRPD says that’s because the police department did not get their numbers in on time. They didn’t want to comment on the report.
To see the full report, check out http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-preliminary-semiannual-crime-statistics-for-2011