The perception of crime in Shreveport may be changing after statistics say the last quarter of 2017 was a decrease from the year before.
“When you look at some of the numbers coming into the last quarter, they are pretty impressive,” said deputy chief Bill Goodin. “Always remember that each one of these numbers represent a victim. Represents someone who has suffered some sort of loss.”
There were 14 homicides for the months of October through December in both 2016 and 2017. Although there may be a “perception” of violence, there was no increase.
“How can we get the citizen’s perception to understand that,” said Shreveport city councilman Jerry Bowman. “From what I get, and I’m sure that other’s get it to…. crime is up.”
Other categories like rape went down 38% from 45 to 28 in only a year. Aggravated assault/battery also dropped 13% from 277 to 242.
All in all, it comes down to perception though.
“People may not know because people have been thinking about what the last tragedy is,” said Lake Bethlehem pastor Dennis Everett. “I think that as we begin to invest in people and people have hope, people will do better.”