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FULL VIDEO: LCPD releases annual crime report

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The Lake Charles Police Department released its annual crime report during a news conference Wednesday.

The statistics, which were released by Police Chief Don Dixon and Mayor Randy Roach, show that overall crime in Lake Charles for 2016 rose by 5.3 percent from the previous year.

The category known as "Crimes Against Persons" - which includes murder, rape, robbery, assault and battery - was up 16.6 percent from 2015.

The number of property crimes - including burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson - rose by 1.9 percent.

Another category listed in the report as "Other Criminal Offenses," which includes criminal damage, disturbing the peace, drug offenses and DWI, was up 4.8 percent.

Chief Dixon said he is not surprised the numbers have risen.

"We're just a busier city. There's more people here, a lot of construction here," said Dixon. "We have a lot of illegals here actually doing construction-type work. It's not alarming to me. I expected it to be up a bit, and it is. It is what it is."

Dixon also noted he believes the Lake Charles Police Department is fully equipped to handle the climbing crime rate.

The annual crime report shows the police department cleared 58.4 percent of the overall offenses investigated during 2016, compared to a 55.4 percent clearance rate from the previous year.

The department cleared 92.7 percent of crimes against persons in 2016, up from 90.8 percent in 2015.

The department's clearance rates exceeded national averages listed in the 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Report; the department included 2015 national averages in its report because 2016 national averages will not be released until later this summer. 

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