LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — Crime reported in Lafayette crept up in 2013, led by increase in aggravated rapes.
Police Chief Jim Craft said Monday after the numbers were released, he was disappointed.
Lafayette did have two fewer murders in 2013, dropping from 12 to 10.
Craft tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1hrFfJ3 ) 2013 was looking like a better year for public safety, with total crime staying below 2012 numbers for most of the year. He says then in the fall, crime started ramping up.
Some of the year-to-year numbers show problem areas: Aggravated rape increased 55 percent, robberies, vehicle thefts showed a large jump, up 23 percent and last year's number of nonvehicle thefts, from shoplifts to pickpockets and other thievery, increased 14 percent.
Other crimes that showed an increase: robberies, up 35 percent from 202 in 2012 to 272 last year; vehicle thefts showed a large jump, up 23 percent with 297 in 2013; and last year's number of nonvehicle thefts, from shoplifts to pickpockets and other thievery, increased 14 percent to 5,995.
Craft said another trend that disturbed him was the number of calls Lafayette police received reporting crimes, which declined 45 percent in 2013 to 134,406. The number of calls coming from residents in 2012 was 243,020, according to the figures.
"We want citizens to call us," Craft said.
There were some areas of improvement.
Arrests of individuals age 18 and younger went down 16 percent, from 1,177 in 2012 to 994 last year. And adult arrests also were down, sliding 4 percent from 2012 to 2013, the figures show.
Craft said detectives have made arrests in all 10 of the homicides.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com