Despite a surge in the Bossier Parish population statistics show an overall decrease in crime for 2018.
On Tuesday Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington released the 2018 crime statistics.
There were at total of 852 crimes reported in the parish in 2018, compared to 862 crimes reported in 2017. This number includes 403 person crimes and 449 property crimes.
Here are the complete statistics for the crimes reported in Bossier Parish** in 2017 and 2018:
Sheriff Whittington said, “Bossier Parish continues to be one of the fastest growing parishes in Louisiana, and we have been, and remain, one of the safest places to live. This reduction in crime is a result of our commitment to public safety from our dedicated team of deputies, staff and Posse at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, as well as outstanding support from our residents who call Bossier Parish home.”
The Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation estimates Bossier Parish population to be 133,000 in 2018, an increase of nearly 14 percent from the 2010 census of 116,979.
There were also a total of 22,426 calls for service through Bossier Sheriff’s Office dispatch office in 2018, as well as many other deputy-initiated calls.
Vehicle Burglaries – Most Preventable Crime
Vehicle burglaries continue to be one of the biggest preventable crimes, as they are considered crimes of opportunity when residents leave their car doors unlocked. In an effort to help combat vehicle burglaries, Sheriff Whittington initiated the L.O.C. campaign in October 2018, which stands for:
- L – Lock your doors
- O – Observe your surroundings
- C – Call and report suspicious activity
Whittington said, “The key for our residents is to understand that they are ultimately in control to avoid becoming a victim of a vehicle burglary. Please lock you doors, but we also want people to observe what’s going on in their neighborhoods, and be sure and call the Sheriff’s Office to report any suspicious activity.”
Whittington added, “We sometimes see where residents will take to Facebook to voice an issue in their neighborhood, but we also want them to contact us at (318) 965-2203 any time of day or night. That way, we can respond appropriately and keep neighborhoods safe.”
Residents can pick up their L.O.C. yard signs at either of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office’s substations (2510 Viking Dr. and 3135 Arthur Ray Teague) as a reminder for others in their neighborhood the importance of these simple steps in order to avoid becoming a victim of a vehicle burglary.”