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Crime is down in BR

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BATON ROUGE - The latest statistics show people living in crime districts are seeing a return in their investment and benefiting the most.

Baton Rouge police released its 2013 crime stats Tuesday morning and the numbers show a 7.39 percent reduction in overall crime compared to 2012.

Violent crimes - murder, rape, robbery and assault - dropped by 15.03 percent, and crimes against property - burglary, larceny, arson, and motor vehicle theft- dropped by 5.83 percent.

People living in the Tara neighborhood saw a huge reduction in crime, one of numerous crime districts where homeowners pay a parcel to receive added police protection.

Tara, which is in BRPD's 3rd district, saw burglary cases go down by 250 cases, robberies down by 72 cases and aggravated assault down by 55 cases.

"Officers are getting out," Baton Rouge Police Corporal Don Coppola said. "Boots on the ground [situation]."

The department attributes the crime reduction to increased patrols.

"Every little bit helps. We're looking at everything as a whole. So you may have some that show more of a decrease than others. But again as a whole, over 15 percent that's fantastic," Coppola said.

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