By Staff Writer | WWL Radio | December 10, 2020
In recent days, the New Orleans police department has had their hands full investigating a series of violent crimes.
Crime across the city is skyrocketing and the statistical data shows just how bad the situation has become.
Murders in New Orleans have shot up to 189 murders so far this year, up from 111 murders this same time in 2019 according to recent crime data released from the Metropolitan Crime Commission. That is a 70 percent jump in just that one crime.
At a media conference Wednesday, NOPD Deputy Superintendent John Thomas says last year’s 121 total murder was a 49 year low for the city.
“We are right on really where the average is over probably the last 10 years. I don’t think we’re going to get to 200,” Thomas said.
Murder is not the only crime plaguing New Orleans. Shootings in the city jump 78 percent over last year and carjackings have shot up to 153 percent increase.