Zero murders in unicorporated St. Tammany in 2013 as crime rate falls
Dave Cohen Reporting
Overall crime is down nearly 20 percent in the areas of St. Tammany Parish that are not inside any particular city.
The Sheriff's office released crime statistics today that also show there was not a single murder in the unicorporated areas of the parish in 2013, after 7 murders the year before. Capt. George Bonnett says that's has never happened that they know of.
"The numbers show that crime was down in almost every category in St. Tammany Parish last year. Significantly, there were zero murders in unincorporated St. Tammany for the first time in recorded history. The numbers were equally impressive in other categories. The number of reported rapes, aggravated assaults and batteries are also down substantially from the previous year," according to a news release from Bonnett.
He says it follows a trend that has been consistent since the 1980's.
"Perhaps the most remarkable comparison is how the numbers have decreased over the past thirty years. Despite the explosive growth in the parish's population during that same period of time, the crime rate has actually decreased – both in individual categories and in the overall numbers. The chart below shows the numbers for 30, 20 and 10 years ago."
Bonnett also highlights the fact that St. Tammany deputies solve nearly 90 percent of all crimes.
"The Sheriff's office crime solve rate also remains among the best in the nation – approximately twice the national average for both violent and nonviolent crimes. The most recent figure (2012) for the national violent crime solve-rate is 46.8 %, compared to the Sheriff’s office rate of 89.15 % in that category last year. For non-violent crimes, the 2012 national average was 19%, compared with the Sheriff’s Office rate of 41.13 % last year."
2014 did start with a high profile double murder in St. Tammany Parish. Police say a teenager shot and killed his father and 2-year-old half sister earlier this month.