JP statistics show decline in murders

Jefferson Parish, La. - The latest statistics from Jefferson Parish show murder on the decline.

According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, murders so far this year are down by 50 percent over the same period last year.

In 2011, officials report there were 24 murders between January and June.  There have only been 12 murders so far in 2012.

Statistics also show that robberies are slightly up, but the department reports a more than 20 percent increase in rapes.