Monday, July 25, 2011

Lafayette's Violent Crime Rate Goes Down; Too Soon to Know if Cameras Helped

The level of violent crime in Lafayette decreased about six percent in the first six months of 2011 compared to the first six months of 2010. The decline coincides with the period in which about two dozen surveillance cameras have been placed downtown and in high-traffic parks. Lafayette Police Chief Don Roush says that the cameras' impact in crime won't be known for another year. He does observe that the cameras do "have the effect of making people feel safer." Read more from the J&C here.