BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge suffered a serious setback in several major crime categories this past year. New statistics released Thursday by the Baton Rouge Police Department showed double-digit increases in several categories.
The number of major crimes in Baton Rouge in 2009 increased by 8.48% when compared to 2008. Major crimes include murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, general theft, auto theft and arson. Murder, robbery, burglary and general theft were all up significantly.
There were a total of 75 murders in Baton Rouge last year, up almost 14 percent from 2008. Robberies increased by almost 10 percent. Burglaries rose by close to 13 percent. The number of general thefts in the city went up by a little over 9.5 percent.
There was some good news from the report. Rapes, arson and the rapidly rising phenomenon of auto theft were all down in 2009 from the prior year. Rapes dropped by over 15 percent. Arson fell by 8 percent. Auto thefts were down by 4.5 percent.