Bossier Sheriff's Office recorded 2.5 percent rise in crime in '16

Published: Mar. 8, 2017 at 4:22 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 8, 2017 at 11:43 AM CST
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BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The Bossier sheriff's office recorded 973 crimes in the parish last year.

Those included 58 assaults, 11 rapes and no homicides, according to statistics the sheriff's office released.

The report is for crimes in unincorporated areas of the parish. That excludes Benton, Bossier City, Haughton and Plain Dealing.

"Once again, our statistics reveal just why Bossier Parish is a great place to call home," Sheriff Julian Whittington said in a statement announcing the statistics. "We had no homicides last year, and the majority of our crimes against people were usually between families or friends."

The number of crimes reported last year represents a 2.5 percent increase over the 949 recorded in the parish in 2015.

The statistics also show:

  • A 24.4 percent year-over-year increase in crimes against persons
  • An 11.8 percent drop in property crimes

There were 485 crimes against persons in 2016 and 393 the previous year.

The sheriff's office recorded 488 property crimes in 2016 and 553 in 2015.

Here is a breakdown of the 973 crimes reported last year:

  • Battery: 413
  • Theft: 311
  • Vehicle burglary: 120
  • Assault: 58
  • Residential burglary: 40
  • Motor vehicle theft: 11
  • Rape: 11
  • Business burglary: 4
  • Robbery: 3
  • Arson: 2
  • Homicide: 0

"We strive daily to be proactive in our law enforcement roles. And having our deputies go into neighborhoods, getting to know our residents, and visiting our businesses creates a relationship between our deputies and the public we serve," Whittington said in the statement.

Authorities urge anyone who is a victim of a crime or who knows of a crime to call the sheriff's office at (318) 965-2203 or Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100.

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