Crime statistics released by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office show a5.2% decrease in 2014.
Statistics show there were 851 crimes in the parish in 2014, which comprises 411 person crimes and 440 property crimes. In 2013, there were 898 total crimes. Person crimes are homicide, rape, robbery, battery and assault, while property crimes are burglaries, thefts and arson.
In 2014, there was one homicide (negligent homicide), one rape and one robbery. Batteries rose from 308 to 348 in 2014, primarily due to the increase in simple battery cases. Assault cases stayed about the same.
The biggest change in property crime was in the reduction in thefts from 409 to 329 in 2014. Residential burglaries slightly increased, while business burglaries and vehicle burglaries lowered. Arson cases were nil, while auto thefts remained the same.
Public safety and the reduction and elimination of crime are primary goals for Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington, and seeing overall reduced crime for 2014 is great news, especially when coupled with the increased population of the parish.
“When you look at the rapid growth of our parish and see a reduction in crime, that’s a solid indicator why Bossier Parish remains an outstanding place to live, work and raise a family,” said Sheriff Whittington. “The growth rate for Bossier Parish is three times that of the state average, and we have been dubbed the fastest growing parish north of I-10. The 2010 population in Bossier Parish was 116,979 according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and Census estimates for 2013 show the population at 123,823. For 2014, the population estimates increase to around 126,000.
“With rapid population growth comes the propensity for more crime. However, public trust is something I take very seriously. Our professional team of deputies, staff, Posse and Reserves who work to prevent and solve crimes, combined with outstanding residents who are committed to keeping their neighborhoods safe, means one thing…crime remains low here in Bossier Parish.”