11-percent drop in crime in Lake Charles

Lake Charles Police Chief Shawn Caldwell announces 11-percent drop in crime in Lake Charles.

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Lake Charles Police Chief Shawn Caldwell said criminal offenses dropped 11 percent in the city from 2017 to 2018.

Caldwell released the city’s most recent crime report during a news conference Friday afternoon.

Traffic crashes rose 14 percent, up to 5,220 in 2018 from 4,564 in 2017.

The city saw a 19-percent drop in crimes against person and a 5-percent drop in crimes against property.

There was a 15-percent increase in reported rapes, but Caldwell said some of that had to do in the way rapes are reported. Some that were previously classified as sexual battery are now classified as rape.

KPLC’s Drew Marine will have more on later editions of KPLC 7News.

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