Overall reported crimes in the city of Lafayette decreased by 10 percent in 2014, while crime saw an uptick in the rural areas.
Within the city of Lafayette, only auto thefts showed any increase in numbers, according to data released Thursday by the Lafayette Police Department.
That contrasts with a 5 percent increase in reported crimes in the rural areas of the parish, including a doubling of homicides from three to six last year, according to data released by the Sheriff’s Office in January.
Broken down, five of those instances involved negligent manslaughter, with only one classified as an intentional killing.
The departments submit statistics each year to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, which requires reporting in seven categories: homicide, forcible rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft and auto theft.
In the city of Lafayette, reported auto thefts increased by 37 percent in 2014 to 406, up from 297 in 2013. The number has gone up each year since 2012.
“We did have some dealerships that were hit hard, and multiple cars were taken (in 2014), which would add to that number,” said Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police Department spokesman.
The crime often involves unlocked vehicles, as well, Mouton said.
There was one less homicide in the city in 2014, down from 10 in 2013.
Reported forcible rapes also decreased from 17 to 10 in 2014 — a 41 percent drop — while the other crime categories showed an average 10 percent decrease.
Although the number of reported forcible rapes in unincorporated Lafayette Parish also showed a decrease of 38 percent in 2014, from 26 to 16, assaults went up by 14 percent, thefts by 10 percent and auto thefts by 6 percent.
Crime numbers in unincorporated Lafayette Parish have increased steadily since 2012, according to the data.
Meanwhile, adult arrests decreased again in the city, down 11 percent last year.
The number of juvenile arrests also declined for the second year in a row, down 9 percent in 2014 to 905.
“More of (juveniles’) needs are being met” as far as counseling services and alternative discipline options, Mouton said.
Lafayette Parish School System students with severe discipline issues are diverted to AMIkids, an academic and behavioral intervention program, which could be a contributing factor in reducing juvenile arrests, Mouton said.
The school system, along with Lafayette Consolidated Government and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, contracted with AMIkids in February 2013. The Police Department recorded a 16 percent decrease in juvenile arrests the same year.
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