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BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Violent crimes decreased last year, property crimes increased, and total calls for service decreased slightly, according to 2012 crime statistics released by Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.

Last year, the Bossier Sheriff's Office worked no homicides, two rapes and two robberies, along with 346 assault and battery crimes. Major violent crimes against people fell from 371 in 2011 to 350 in 2012, a decrease of 5.7 percent.

Major property crimes rose from 469 in 2011 to 565 in 2012, an increase of 20.5 percent. Most of these reflect an increase in theft.

Total calls for service dropped by 72, or 0.3 percent, with 22,755 total calls in 2011 and 22,683 in 2012. All crimes worked by the Bossier Sheriff's Office totaled 2,872 in 2012, an increase of 8.1 percent from 2011.

Sheriff Whittington says these statistics show that Bossier Parish continues to be a safe place to live, work and raise a family. He attributes the low crime rates to the professionalism of deputies and posse members, the residents of Bossier Parish, partnerships with police departments in the parish and the Louisiana State Police, and neighborhood watch programs.

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