Is Louisiana dangerous?

Is Louisiana dangerous?

Louisiana has the highest per capita murder rate (11.7 per 100,000) among all U.S. states in 2019 for the 31st consecutive year (1989–2019), according to the 2019 FBI Uniform Crime Report. Louisiana had 13.7 murders per 100,000 people on average from 1989 to 2014, compared to the national average of 6.6 murders per 100,000 people. The increase since 2014 is due primarily to higher rates of violence against women and children.

Additionally, Louisiana has the highest per capita rate of police officers killed in the line of duty (1.4 deaths per 100,000 people). There have been 77 law enforcement officers murdered in Louisiana since 1989. Many of these murders are believed to be related to drug trafficking and use of police officers as "mules" by drug gangs.

Also, Louisiana has the highest per capita rate of children in poverty (19.8 percent). In 2018, there were 843,000 children living in poverty in Louisiana — 21 percent of all children lived below the poverty line, which means they were spending more than one-half of their income on food, housing, health care, education, and child care.

Crime in Louisiana is usually concentrated in a few large urban centers with some smaller cities having higher crime rates than expected for their population size. For example, New Orleans has the highest per capita murder rate in the United States. It is also classified as a "high risk" city by the Department of Justice because of its high crime rate.

Is it dangerous in New Orleans?

It's really high. In Louisiana's largest metropolis, there are several gun-point robberies and killings. However, the murder rate in New Orleans fell dramatically in 2017, ranking it fourth after Detroit, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Shootings at random can and do occur. However, crime across America as a whole is down, so if you follow common sense safety practices, you should be fine.

New Orleans has a serious drug problem. It is well known for its violent street gangs such as the Crips and the Bloods. They usually fight over control of neighborhoods, but they also commit crimes against each other. Drugs are a major factor in most conflicts in New Orleans. There have been efforts made to stop gang violence through social programs, but they haven't worked yet.

There are also police shootings. A video showing a young man being shot by an officer during a car chase went viral and sparked protests throughout 2018. The shooting was found to be justified, but it caused concern among many people about police brutality.

Overall, New Orleans has a high risk of violence, especially crime committed by armed individuals. If you go outside of the city limits, the danger decreases significantly. Avoid areas where there is a lot of crime activity and use caution when walking at night.

If you're going to New Orleans, make sure you take all the same precautions you would anywhere else.

Which is the most dangerous city in Louisiana?

Louisiana has the fifth worst violent crime rate in the US, with Opelousas dubbed the state's most dangerous city. (According to a recent report by the website 24/7 Wall St., violent crimes in Louisiana totaled 549.3 per 100,000 population in 2019, ranking the state sixth among the 50 states. Property crimes accounted for 20 percent of all arrests in Louisiana.)

The Baton Rouge police department reported 3,042 incidents of violence where a gun was discharged between 2008 and 2017. During this period, there were 28 deaths caused by guns in Baton Rouge. Police say the majority of these shootings were intentional.

There have been more than 70 murders in Opelousas since 2004 when the city's police force started keeping records. Most of the killings have involved firearms. In several cases, officers were shot while on duty.

Baton Rouge has had more than 30 homicides each year since 2005. The city has ranked first in the number of people killed by guns in Louisiana every year since then except for 2007 when there were no homicides recorded due to budget cuts. In 2018, there were 79 homicides in Baton Rouge.

New Orleans has the second highest rate of gun violence among American cities with populations over 100,000. There have been more than 200 murders in New Orleans since 1968 when the city began recording crime statistics.

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Michael Williams

Michael Williams is a former FBI agent who now teaches people how to live safely. He has been through many life-threatening situations and wants to help others avoid such dangers. He enjoys teaching self-defense, as well as educating on crime prevention, safety at home and abroad, and the use of technology for protection. Mike also loves coaching sports like soccer and basketball with kids in his spare time!

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