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NEW YORK, November 14, 2017 —  Shreveport, LA placed 18th on 24/7 Wall St.’s list of “America’s 25 Murder Capitals.” The number of homicides in Shreveport nearly doubled last year, from 22 in 2015 to 42 in 2016. In addition to an uptick in murder, there was a 23% increase in rape, 7% increase in robbery, and 16% increase in aggravated assault over the same period. In total, there were 949 violent crimes reported per 100,000 Shreveport residents in 2016, up 16% from 819 per 100,000 residents the year prior. Click HERE to read the full story and HERE for the methodology.

By comparison, the national violent crime rate climbed 3% over the same period. While the prevalence of crime rose substantially in Shreveport last year, crime levels are still down substantially from their late-1980s peak, and 2014 was the least violent in about four decades.

24/7’s Wall St.’s “America’s 25 Murder Capitals”

  1. St. Louis, MO
  2. Baltimore, MD
  3. Detroit, MI
  4. New Orleans, LA
  5. Newark, NJ
  6. Cleveland, OH
  7. Jackson, MS
  8. Orlando, FL
  9. Memphis, TN
  10. North Charleston, SC
  11. San Bernardino, CA
  12. Chicago, IL
  13. Kansas City, MO
  14. Dayton, OH
  15. Milwaukee, WI
  16. Atlanta, GA
  17. Salinas, CA
  18. Shreveport, LA
  19. Little Rock, AR
  20. Syracuse, NY
  21. Savannah, GA
  22. Baton Rouge, LA
  23. Rochester, NY
  24. Washington, D.C.
  25. Oakland, CA

Just 25 cities accounted for nearly 1 in every 5 homicides last year. In these high-crime areas, increasing gang violence, drug trafficking, and domestic violence contributed to the uptick in homicides nationwide.

One city, however, was largely responsible for the increase in violent crime nationwide over the last year. In Chicago, there were 287 more murders in 2016 than in the year prior, increasing the city’s homicide rate from 18 murders per 100,000 residents to 28 incidents per 100,000. The uptick in murders in Chicago accounted for 21% of the total increase in homicides nationwide.

CLICK HERE to view the complete list.

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