NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – “Alarming” is how most residents of Orleans Parish describe the recent spike in crime. Almost every day there are reports of shootings, murders and carjackings.
The Metropolitan Crime Commission keeps a watchful eye on what’s going on in New Orleans, tracking in detail the number of crimes that occur. Recently, in their bulletin, the statistics show how violent and frequent the crimes have become.
At least 71 people have been murdered in 2022 so far. That’s a substantial increase from previous years, with 24 homicides in March alone.
This is the highest number of homicide victims in a single month since July 2020.
Then, looking at carjackings, we still see the highest rate of any previous year. MCC says there have been 112 reported carjackings so far in 2022, meaning there’s a 367% increase from 2019 and a 58% increase from 2021.
When it comes to non-fatal shootings so far this year, not much has changed, but that hasn’t improved either.
However, compared to 2019, there is a much bigger difference in 2022.
Another alarming part of the crime situation is that the New Orleans Police Department has lost even more officers. According to MCC, the NOPD has lost 47 more officers and there are only 18 new cadets in the academy’s recent class.
Trying to stay positive about the current situation in the city, MCC President Rafael Goyenech said, “Major arrests have taken place recently. Hopefully we start to see those numbers drop soon.
Remember to stay alert in the city and if you see something, say something.
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