Rapes in New Orleans up nearly 30 percent in 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The latest crime statistics show the number of rapes reported in New Orleans soared by 29 percent in 2013, a year that also saw spikes in robberies and thefts.
There were also decreases in assaults, burglaries and auto thefts. All told, the city's overall number of serious crimes -- murder, rape, assault, armed robbery, simple robbery, burglary, theft and auto theft -- ticked up by 5 percent.
Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas painted the increase in reported rapes -- from 136 in 2012 to 176 last year -- as a sign that more women trust the department's detectives enough to come forward as victims of a crime that often goes unreported.