According to the New Orleans Police Department -Public Relation Office there has been a significant drop in the murder rate for the first Quarter.
New Orleans Police Department- Public Information Office
First Quarter Crime Report of 2012 Shows Significant Drop in Murder
(May 15, 2012)- The first quarter of 2012’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) for New Orleans shows the murder rate fell more than 27% from January through March, as compared to the first quarter of 2011. The number of shootings dropped more than 5%. And the number of burglaries- including home and auto burglaries- was also down, more than 16%.
While the number of rape cases reported through March of this year was the same as that of last year, there were increases in the number of assaults, thefts, as well as armed and simple robberies.
However, the number of arrests made in robbery cases during the first quarter of this year is up 65% compared to the number of arrests for robberies committed during the same time last year.
“First and foremost, it’s encouraging to see a substantial drop in the number of homicides at the beginning of this year. That has been Mayor Landrieu’s and my top concern, and the downward trend in that violent crime, which severely affects countless families and friends of victims, is what we want to see more of,” said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“In 2011, we outlined new crime-fighting initiatives. We activated those initiatives in January and we have now developed a good stride. We will continue to redouble our efforts until we can get all crime statistics down, and I’m confident that with our plans in place, overall crime will be down come December of this year,” Serpas said.
“These numbers also reflect a public that calls its police department if it’s been a victim of crime. Victims in New Orleans continue to contact the NOPD at an extremely high rate- about 80%- because they believe our officers will be effective in helping them. That percentage beats the national average of reported calls by some 20%. It’s apparent that New Orleans citizens are gaining faith in their police department, and I want to thank them for that.”