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What are Crime Rates in Indiana?

Crime rates in Louisiana are well above the national average, according to data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports.

The rate of violent crime in Louisiana was 555.3 incidents per 100,000 people in 2011, significantly higher than the national average of 386.3 per 100,000. (The rate per 100,000 is a common measurement used by states to report crime data to the FBI.)Violent crime includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

The 2011 rate of property crime in Louisiana was 3,688.5, also higher than the national average of 2,908.7 Property crimes include burglary, larceny/theft and motor vehicle theft.

Despite above-average crime rates, the rate of violent crime remained relatively flat from 2010 to 2011, while property crime increased just 1.9 percent.

  • There were 513 murders, up from 500 in 2010. Incidents of rape and aggravated assault also grew, while robbery declined.
  • Burglaries increased 1.9 percent to 46,320.
  • Theft increased 2.8 percent.

Crime in Major Louisiana Cities

Curious to find out how your city or town stacks up? The chart below shows the incidents of various crimes in Louisiana’s five most populous cities.

City Population Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Assault Burglary Motor Vehicle Theft
New Orleans 346,974 200 163 1,059 1,326 3,857 2,540
Baton Rouge 231,592 64 51 893 1,460 4,220 500
Shreveport 201,134 17 121 355 1,051 2,775 438
Lafayette 121,726 6 15 232 590 1,194 277
Kenner 67,312 9 10 69 73 414 150

For data on every city and town in Louisiana - including yours - use this UCR link.

Benefits of a Home Security System

Home security systems have been proven to deter criminals. Check of the results of two important studies: a 2009 Rutgers University study or this 1998 study published in a respected journal. Security systems also provide peace of mind.

However, modern security systems offer far more than just burglar protection. They can be used to keep an eye on your children or turn lights on and off remotely. And they alert emergency officials in the event of a fire.

Home security systems are relatively affordable. The average homeowner can expect to pay about $1,000 to $2,000 for a hardwired system (not wireless) with motion detectors. Live monitoring costs start at $20 to $50 per month. Some of that expense will be recouped by the discount on your homeowner’s insurance for having an alarm - usually 15 percent to 20 percent.

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