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BR crime stats released for first half of 2013

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BATON ROUGE - The number of major crimes in Baton Rouge for the first half of 2013 has dropped by 13 percent, compared to the first six months of 2012.

Baton Rouge police released the city's crime statistics for the first half of 2013.

"Obviously we're encouraged by the numbers, we feel like many of the programs we've been putting in place are starting to pay off," said Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr.

Those figures were submitted to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program which tracks violent crime across the country.

Crimes including murder, robbery, assault, burglary and theft are all down through the first six months of 2013.

Rape and negligent homicide and auto theft are up.

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