Crimetracker Investigation: New FBI stats reveal New Orleans crime trends

Crimetracker Investigation: New FBI stats reveal New Orleans crime trends

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"He took the generators. They were on wheels, so he just loaded everything in the garbage cans and walked out," restaurant owner Fatma Aydin said.

Aydin's restaurant was robbed not once, but three times in 2015. Those property crimes were part of 15,243 incidents across New Orleans last year as reported by the NOPD to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"A person that does that can do anything. If they have that mind that they are going to go get something, they are going to go get it," Aydin said.

While the number of incidents in 2015 may seem high, it's actually down slightly from 2014, when 16,382 property crimes were reported. Property crimes include non-violent incidents like burglaries and theft.

In this FOX 8 Crimetracker Investigation, we analyzed FBI statistics from 2015 and compared them to previous years.

When it comes to murder and non-negligent manslaughter, 164 people became victims in New Orleans last year. That's a rate of almost 42 people killed per 100,000 residents. It's also a 7.7 percent increase from 2014.

There's a dramatic difference between the New Orleans murder rate and the rate nationwide. In 2015, the national murder rate increased by more than 11 percent, but it remains less than five people per 100,000 Americans killed in murder or non-negligent manslaughter cases nationwide. Compare that to almost 42 New Orleanians murdered per 100,000 residents.

That makes New Orleans' murder rate about eight and a half times worse than the rate nationwide.

The rate of rape in New Orleans rose 65 percent from 2014 to 2015. But there's a critical context here - a scathing inspector's general report in 2014 about sex crimes investigations. That report found the majority of sex crimes calls for service were not even being investigated.

"Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds were just kind of put in a shredder, not even given any sort of attention," said IG Ed Quatrevaux in an interview that year.

There were 244 reported rape incidents in 2014. After the release of the report, the NOPD vowed to make changes within its sex crimes unit. Back in June, Quatrevaux reported that the changes had been made, and 99 percent of all sex crimes are now being classified correctly.

In 2015, there were 409 incidents.

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