2012 BR stats show drop in serious crimes
BATON ROUGE - Despite an uptick in violent crimes, police in Baton Rouge said the number of major crimes dropped overall last year.
Baton Rouge Police released the FBI's 2012 uniform crime report, which showed the city had a 3.65 percent decrease in total major crimes.
The report showed violent crimes such as murder, rape, robbery and assault increased by 1.62 percent, and property crimes dropped by 4.66 percent. The city saw just two more murders than the year before, 66 for 2012 versus 64 for 2011. Police also reported a 25 percent jump in rapes, from 51 in 2011 to 64 in 2012.
Lt. Don Kelly with Baton Rouge Police said overall serious crime has dropped in 9 of the past 12 years, and is down 33 percent since 2000.