Baton Rouge Police report slight decrease in crime

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department reported the number of crimes committed in the city dropped from 2012 to 2013.

Officials said the crime stats submitted to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) showed a 7.39 percent drop in major crimes in Baton Rouge and a 15.03 percent drop in violent crimes against people. Those crimes included murder, rape, robbery and assault.

However, BRPD stated its clearance rate was slightly less in 2013 compared to 2012. The department's clearance rate fell by 1.42 percent.

Tonjula Wright says she has lived all over East Baton Rouge, in places like Gardere and Baker.

She said although the crime rate may be improving, she still thinks police can do more to battle violence.

"I know that if I ever step outside a block or two down and there will be a cop or something like that then okay yeah it will be alright. But, you don't see that in a lot of places. You see them but then the next thing you know they are out of sight. "said Wright.

Baton Rouge Police Corporal L'jean Mckneely said people need to feel safe, and so there's more to do, but these new crime figures show improvement.

"We hope that this continues this slight decrease that we are having. We hope that the community continues to work with us because they are vital to us solving a lot of this crimes and putting people in jail. And also vital in deterring these type of behaviors," said Mckneely.

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