BPSO reports significant decrease in vehicle burglaries

Overall crime has decreased across the board in Bossier Parish

BPSO reports significant decrease in vehicle burglaries
Vehicle burglaries are considered crimes of opportunity when owners leave their car doors unlocked. (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)

BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Car burglaries in Bossier Parish are down by almost half since 2018, according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“We have seen the number of vehicle burglaries decrease by an incredible 41.3 percent during the first half of this year when compared to this same time period last year,” said Sheriff Julian Whittington.

The department credits the drop to proactive measures like the L.O.C. campaign. The acronym reminds residents to L- lock their doors, O- observe their surrounding and C- call the police to report suspicious activity.

Another initiative they’ve taken is forming the Joint Criminal Apprehension Team (JCAT), a joint patrol between BPSO and Bossier City Police Department.

The number of traffic stops have increased by patrol deputies as well.

The sheriff’s office also reports a decline in other crimes through the first six months of 2019. Crimes like robbery, homicide, and burglary are down by 12 percent overall compared to the same time period in 2018.

Sheriff Whittington attributes the decrease to the people of Bossier Parish.

“I commend the outstanding residents of Bossier Parish who play a crucial role in crime prevention by reporting things that just don’t look right. They have said ‘enough is enough’ and have joined our efforts to help combat vehicle burglaries and other crimes," he says.

Vehicle Burglaries Down Significantly in Bossier Parish Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington is proud to announce that...

Posted by Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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