Last year Louisiana didn’t make our safest cities report due to insufficient crime reporting. But we’re pleased to acknowledge twenty secure communities from the Pelican State this year.

Louisiana has struggled to keep its statewide crime rate down, often landing in the top ten for the highest crime rates in the country. In fact, this southern state had the highest murder rate in the country in 2016—capping off 28 years atop that list.¹ But the cities that made our list demonstrate a shift, with all twenty boasting violent crime rates that are below statewide averages.

And it’s not just small towns that are focused on bucking the state’s historical crime trends. New Orleans was ranked the forty-fourth safest metro city on our 2018 list. And Louisiana is getting a lot of support to implement crime reduction strategies across the state. In October the Department of Justice awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to law enforcement agencies in the state.

The grants will focus on local efforts to reduce violent crimes. The state will ue the  Project Safe Neighborhoods program to enhance existing crime prevention tactics and introduce new initiatives to help reduce crime at the community level. Perhaps some of the cities we’ve recognized can lead by example—65% of them had no murders, according to the FBI’s crime data. And only three cities saw more than 40 total violent crimes.

If you want to help Louisiana climb the safety charts, use our Safety Directory for ideas about how you can make a difference. Whether your hometown made the cut this year or not, there’s a lot you can do to make your Louisiana community safer—from improving the security of your home to starting a Neighborhood Watch program.

The 20 Safest Cities in Louisiana

1. Patterson
Population: 6,105
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.16
Property crimes per 1,000: 16.54
Total crime: 0.99% violent, 99.01% property

2. Scott
Population: 9,092
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.77
Property crimes per 1,000: 25.63
Total crime: 3% violent, 97% property

3. Harahan
Population: 9,364
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.96
Property crimes per 1,000: 13.46
Total crime: 7.14% violent, 92.86% property

4. Springhill
Population: 5,064
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.78
Property crimes per 1,000: 31.60
Total crime: 5.62% violent, 94.38% property

5. De Ridder
Population: 10,939
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.83
Property crimes per 1,000: 17.46
Total crime: 10.47% violent, 89.53% property

6. Minden
Population: 12,615
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.06
Property crimes per 1,000: 19.90
Total crime: 10.36% violent, 89.64% property

7. Mandeville
Population: 12,423
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.09
Property crimes per 1,000: 21.73
Total crime: 9.63% violent, 90.37% property

8. Carencro
Population: 8,763
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.17
Property crimes per 1,000: 20.54
Total crime: 10.56% violent, 89.44% property

9. Oakdale
Population: 7,697
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.34
Property crimes per 1,000: 13.25
Total crime: 17.65% violent, 82.35% property

10. Gretna
Population: 17,908
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.35
Property crimes per 1,000: 37.92
Total crime: 6.19% violent, 93.81% property

11. Broussard
Population: 11,998
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.58
Property crimes per 1,000: 24.00
Total crime: 10.76% violent, 89.24% property

12. Jennings
Population: 10,140
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.86
Property crimes per 1,000: 31.66
Total crime: 9.03% violent, 90.97% property

13. Kenner
Population: 67,164
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.89
Property crimes per 1,000: 33.28
Total crime: 8.68% violent, 91.32% property

14. Ville Platte
Population: 7,234
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.90
Property crimes per 1,000: 63.59
Total crime: 4.57% violent, 95.43% property

15. Denham Springs
Population: 10,107
Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.17
Property crimes per 1,000: 64.51
Total crime: 4.91% violent, 95.09% property

16. Breaux Bridge
Population: 8,446
Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.20
Property crimes per 1,000: 78.38
Total crime: 4.08% violent, 95.92% property

17. Westwego
Population: 8,543
Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.28
Property crimes per 1,000: 26.81
Total crime: 12.23% violent, 87.77% property

18. Covington
Population: 10,178
Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.64
Property crimes per 1,000: 30.26
Total crime: 12.01% violent, 87.99% property

19. Port Allen
Population: 5,116
Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.71
Property crimes per 1,000: 18.76
Total crime: 19.79% violent, 80.21% property

20. Slidell
Population: 28,107
Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.74
Property crimes per 1,000: 43.55
Total crime: 8.58% violent, 91.42% property

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Louisiana

To identify the twenty safest cities in Louisiana, we reviewed the 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.

Our evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, we calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for  Best Home Security Systems of 2018.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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