New data from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office indicate a substantial increase in one crime category: homicides.
JPSO's November 2016 report for the FBI's Uniform Crime Statistics puts the number of homicides so far this year at 38. That's almost a 73 percent jump from the 22 murders reported during the same period in 2015.
Almost all of the reported homicides involved single victims, save for the November killings of three people on River Road.
Meantime, there were significant decreases in assaults, rapes and burglaries, which fell 21 percent from the year before.
Thefts of all types and robberies were also down slightly, but statistically remained flat from 2015.
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