Crimes reported to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office have dropped significantly over the past 14 years.
A statistical analysis of violent crime, property crime, and overall crime shows nearly 1,000 fewer offenses reported in Caddo Parish between 2001 and 2014.
The reporting area includes those unincorporated parts of the parish which rely on the Caddo Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.
In 2001, the first full year that Steve Prator was Caddo Sheriff, there were 2,521 overall crimes reported. That number has declined every year but one, from 2006 to 2007, when reported crime went up a mere 17 offenses or 1 percent. In 2014, there were 1,491 overall crimes reported.
Violent crimes have dropped from 1,201 to 644 over the past 14 years, while property crimes have dropped from 1,320 to 847.
“There are many factors that impact a community’s crime rate, but the quality of your law enforcement plays a large part,” Sheriff Prator said. “A reduction this significant shows our strategies are working.”