NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans finished the first nine months of the year with a lower crime rate compared to the first nine months of 2014, despite an uptick in the murder rate.
When you break down numbers from the quarterly Uniform Crime Report, the number of murders reported in the first nine months of 2015 increased 15 percent. The number of rapes increased 56 percent. The NOPD suspects more rape victims coming forward is part of the reason why the number of cases jumped.
Overall, the crime rate is down 6 percent because of a drop in certain types of crime, including robbery, assault, burglary and theft.
"Ensuring the safety of our residents and visitors is my top priority and we are using every resource available to get the job done," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. "That's why we launched Operation: Relentless Pursuit to focus on smartly deploying our resources while aggressively growing the department. The crime fighting strategy has led to a sustained decrease in overall crime throughout the year and the arrests of multiple violent offenders."