Gretna, LA - The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office says murders dropped nearly 45% from this same time last year, although overall numbers show a slight increase in crime.
According to new numbers Wednesday, there have been 16 murders in Jefferson Parish so far this year, compared to 29 from this same time in 2011. The statistics also reflect a drop in the number of burglaries and auto theft.
A number of categories say a spike, with rapes showing the biggest increase, up 14%. Thefts were up as well, and the number of robberies remained basically unchanged. Overall, Sheriff Newell Norman reports that crime overall is up slightly, just under one percent.
Here are the numbers from the JP Sheriff's Office:
MURDER 29 16 44.8-
RAPE 42 48 14.3
ROBBERY 265 267 0.8+
ASSAULT 714 676 5.3-
BURGLARY 1,748 1,467 16.1-
THEFT 5,094 5,532 8.6+
AUTOTHEFT 522 485 7.1-
TOTAL 8,414 8,491 0.9+