Violent crime drops in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE- Violent crime in Baton Rouge dropped a bit last year, but homicides showed an increase.
According to crime statistics released Thursday by the Baton Rouge Police Department, homicides in Louisiana's capital city increased from 49 in 2013 to 53 in 2014, plus a 10 percent bump in aggravated assaults.
In crime statistics released by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, murders in its jurisdiction decreased, falling from 14 in 2013 to 10 in 2014.
The sheriff's office also reported a 30 percent decrease in robberies and a 5 percent decrease in aggravated assaults. The robberies fell from 227 to 159, while the assaults dropped from 112 to 106.
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux told The Advocate he is pleased with those reductions even though property crimes increased slightly.