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February 07 10:52 AM

Shoplifting cases boost 2013 Bossier police crime statistics

Bossier City saw an increase in the total number of reported crimes in 2013 due mostly to a significant increase in the number of reported shopliftings at a local retailer, according to crime statistics released by the Bossier City Police Department.

In 2013, there were a total of 10,529 crimes reported to the Bossier City Police Department compared to 10,098 in 2012. Much of that increase comes from a jump in the number of shoplifting cases at the Wal-Mart store in the 2500 block of Airline Drive.

The store reported 94 shopliftings in 2012, while in 2013 the number came in at 477, an increase of 407 percent. The increase is attributed to the store enacting a more aggressive approach to targeting and catching suspected shoplifters. Shopliftings are classified in the theft category, which jumped from 2,237 in 2012 to 2,790 in 2013.

In other major crimes, murders in Bossier City doubled from three in 2013 to six in 2013.

Rapes increased by only one from 22 in 2012 to 23 in 2013. Armed robberies increased from 33 to 40, aggravated assaults rose from 280 to 333, and auto thefts jumped from 143 in 2012 to 162 in 2013.

Burglaries went down by three from 472 in 2012 to 469 in 2013.

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