FBI reports uptick in violent crimes in Bossier City

(WMC Action News 5)
Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 2:33 PM CDT
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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) - Violent crime is the highest it’s been in Bossier City within the past 10 years, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An increase in assaults and batteries within city limits are driving up the violent crime rate.

“Your assaults and your batteries, those seem to have gone up a little bit,” Bossier City Lt. Bart Cavanaugh explained. “But your major crimes like rape, armed robberies, those have gone down slightly.”

In March, the department released its violent crime statistics, reporting a “slight decrease in overall reported crimes compared to 2019.”

Bossier City Crime Statistics via BCPD (* Statistic includes justifiable or non-criminal homicides)201820192020
Armed Robbery453027
Aggravated Assault466420424
Auto Theft300378276

However, the FBI reported 609 violent crimes in 2020 and 549 violent crimes in 2019.

FBI Summary Crime reported by Bossier City Police Department
FBI Summary Crime reported by Bossier City Police Department(Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Data Explorer)

Cavanaugh said the discrepancy comes from a difference in reporting.

“The FBI, they classify violent crime as homicide, rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault...we have since gone to a new reporting system in 2020. Under that system, the same code applies to an assault as to a battery. It throws your numbers off slightly.”

He explained how this could make a difference.

“In Louisiana...what we classify as an assault is threat of violence. A battery is the actual deliverance of that violence...They’re different, but when they get reported the FBI. They get lumped together like one classification,” Cavanaugh said.

He went on to say Louisiana is the only state to classify them this way.

Councilman Chris Smith said he is confident in the police department.

“We have created a surveillance unit,” he said. “That’s one of the first things substitute chief did once he had the patrol...They’re actively out to solve armed robberies and things like that.”

Smith said he Bossier, Shreveport and other agencies have to work together in order to reduce crime.

“If Shreveport has a crime problem, we’re going to have a crime problem,” he said. “I think what we can do on our side of the river is make sure that people know: if you come to Bossier, you commit a crime, you’re going to get caught.”

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