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January 17 10:17 AM

Crime rate remains low in Bossier Parish

PRESS RELEASE Bossier Sheriff’s Office

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington has released 2013 crime statistics for the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office that shows a slight decrease in crime last year.

There were a total of 898 major crimes in Bossier Parish in 2013, down just a bit from the 915 crimes in 2012.

Property crimes saw a decrease of 40 cases in 2013, down from 565 in 2012 to 525 in 2013, largely due to a significant decline in the number of residential and business burglaries. Residential and business burglaries went down by half, from 59 cases to 30 cases and from 11 to six cases, respectively.

Vehicle burglaries, theft, motor vehicle thefts and arson cases remained about the same from 2012 to 2013. Vehicle burglaries went up by just one from 64 in 2012 to 65 in 2013. Thefts went down from 420 in 2012 to 409 in 2013. Motor vehicle thefts rose from 10 to 13, and arson rose by just one from one to two between 2012 and 2013.

Violent crimes against people rose in 2013 from 277 cases in 2012 to 308 in 2013, primarily due to an increase in the number of domestic abuse battery cases, which went from 82 cases in 2012 to 143 in 2013.

There was only one homicide in 2013 compared to none in 2012. That case was the murder of Annie Bond, allegedly by her hus band, Robert Bond, in November.

Detectives worked no rape cases and only one robbery in 2013 compared with two each in 2012. Assaults decreased slightly from 69 in 2012 to 63 in 2013.

“Our entire team at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office works tirelessly to prevent, fight and solve crimes here in Bossier Parish,” said Sheriff Whittington. “Our partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and the commitment we have with our Neighborhood Watch partners help keep crime rates low here in Bossier Parish.”

~ADVISORY~

As of Jan. 11, 2014, the Caplis Sligo Road Bridge has been reopened to traffic. The work on this project was lengthy due to the fact that the old bridge was completely removed and a new bridge constructed in its place. The Bossier Police Jury would like to express its appreciation for everyone’s patience during the months that the bridge was out of service.

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