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Major crime down in Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Baton Rouge Police Department reports a 15 percent decrease in violent crime in 2013 from 2012.

Overall, major crime in Baton Rouge dropped 7 percent in 2013 from 2012, with violent crime - homicides and non-negligent manslaughters as well as robberies and assaults - dropping 15 percent. The exceptions were rapes, which went up 16 percent, and negligent manslaughters, which increased 67 percent.

Property crime - burglaries, thefts, auto thefts and arsons - dropped 6 percent.

Cpl. L'Jean McKneely, a police spokesman, says they believe several initiatives - such as the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project and operations aimed at taking drugs and guns off the streets - are making a difference.

The crime report was released Tuesday.

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