New statistics show that Shreveport is safer now than at any point in the last 30 years.

The past 10 years has seen a decline in serious crimes like, homicide, rape, armed robbery, assault, and battery. With a few spikes here and there the decline seems to be steady. Chief Ben Raymond joined the conversation on Robert & Erin and was very receptive to tough questions.

Chief Raymond answers important questions in the interview about population numbers and increased reporting of certain crimes.

The good news came when the city released this:

"In 2019, the City of Shreveport posted its lowest Part I Crime rate since 1975. This includes homicide, rape, robbery, assault, battery, burglary, theft, and auto theft. Part I Crimes fell by 7 percent over the past year, and by 60 percent when compared to 1989, the highest year on record.

The violent crime rate dropped by 8 percent in 2019, falling 16 percent below Shreveport’s 50-year average. Robberies and homicides saw the sharpest declines, falling by 13 and 29 percent, respectively."

Here are some of the key numbers from the 2019 crime stats:

Looking back at the last 30 years, with 1,473 total Violent Crimes in the City of Shreveport, 2019 had over 1,000 less violent crimes than 1990, 1993, and 1995. The 1,473 violent crimes were lower than any year between 2000 and 2011. The total number of violent crimes in 2019 were lower than just the Aggravated Assault numbers in 1990, 1993, 1995, 2005, 2006, and 2007.