The official Baton Rouge crime stats for 2008 are out and it turns out overall crime in the Capital City is down from last year. There were a few spikes, especially when it comes to violent crime.
The overall numbers look pretty good, but some of the people we spoke to say the police still have a long way to go to make the city safe. Local business owner Rodney Washington has a lot in common with some living within Baton Rouge city limits. Last year his store Imperial Detail was burglarized and the culprits got away with a large sum of money and have yet to be caught. Since the break-in, Washington say’s he’s noticed a big difference when it comes to crime in his neighborhood. “I hadn’t really been hearing a whole lot of things going on but it get times where it do be real bad.”
Part of that reason has to do with the Baton Rouge Police Department. According to their 2008 crime stats, the department has seen a significant difference in crimes committed in 2008 vs. 2007. In 2008, crimes against property such as burglaries have decreased by 8.4%. Despite what many feel, the number of murders n the Red Stick have dropped as well. The department reported 66 murders for 2008, which is an 8.3% difference from the 72 reported murders in 2007.
The Police Department says, “Overall serious crime in Baton Rouge has dropped for the past two years and seven of the last eight years.” The only increase in major crime since 2000 was in 2006, the year following Hurricane Katrina.
Click here for a detailed list of the Baton Rouge crime stats log.