It's a case of good news, bad news in Shreveport Police Department's 2012 crime statistics.  Good news: the homicide rate is below 10 per 100,000 residents and rape is down.  Bad News: overall crime is up 2%, most of that due to a 22% uptick in reported robberies across the city.  Figures released by the Shreveport Police Department show that overall, the difference between 2011 and 2012 is very small and last year was one of the safest since 1976.  Mayor Cedric Glover said he wants there to be no crime and the slightly higher figures do not make him happy, but he added that in the past 40 years, there have been very few years as safe as 2012.

"If you have had your lawnmower taken from you, then I can tell you all day that crime is low.  But to you, that individual, you don't want to hear that," Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw said.  "I equate that to telling people that we're at an all-time low unemployment rate is at 2%.  But if you don't have a job, then unemployment is 100%."