POSTED: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 4:27pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 5:27pm
BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA) Crime rates at Louisiana State University and Southern University are at an all time high. While LSU crime rates are on the rise, rates at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Nicholls State University and the University of New Orleans have decreased since 2005.
Southern has consistently had the highest crime rates of all five universities each year with the exception of 2005. Interim police chief at Southern, says campus crime often reflects city crime. When universities are situated in major metropolitan areas and you have crime trends in the city, so goes the crime trends on campus.
According to FBI statistics for 2009, Baton Rouge had higher per capita crime rates than New Orleans in violent crime, robbery, aggravated assault, property crime, burglary and larceny-theft. From 2008 to 2009 alone, Baton Rouge murders rose 12 percent, and violent crime increased by 5 percent in the metro area, which could be an explanation why LSU and Southern has seen significant increases in crime, the same year.
The most frequent offenses at all of the five Louisiana colleges were property crimes and larceny thefts. Students should pay more attention to their surroundings and take necessary precautions to ensure your safety.
To report any suspicious activity call 225-334-STOP(7867) or visit www.crimestoppersbr.com