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BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

For the sixth consecutive year, the total number of major crimes has fallen in Bossier City. This includes decreases in major crimes, including murder, rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

The total number of crimes decreased 4 percent in Bossier City in 2012 compared with 2011, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Bossier City Police Department.

In 2012 there were a total of 10,098 crimes reported to the Bossier City Police Department. That figure is lower than the 10,534 crimes reported in 2011.

 "This reduction in crime is due to the hard work of the men and women of the Bossier City Police Department combined with a strong relationship that our residents have with our department," said Chief McWilliams.

"These numbers are encouraging and the Bossier City Police Department continues to remain focused on its main objective of keeping crime at a minimum for its citizens."

One additional burglary was reported in 2012 compared to 2011, while theft increased by about 8% in 2012.
 

                                                               2011     2012        
Murder                                                      9          3   
Rape                                                        27                     22     
Armed Robbery                                      43                     33               
Burglary                                                471                  472                   
Aggravated Assault                            1,050                  954
Theft                                                   2,074               2,237    
Auto Theft                                             156                  143                  

Total Major Crimes                            3,830               3,864

Mayor Lorenz Walker commends the police department for the reduction in crime. "Public safety is a key issue in gauging a city's quality of life," said Mayor Walker.

"These lower crime figures are a testament to the continuing effort by our law enforcement officers to keep Bossier City safe."

Earlier this month, the City of Shreveport released homicide numbers for 2012 -- 20, the same as the number of homicides the city reported for 2011. The city has yet to release a more comprehensive list of crime statistics for 2012.

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