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NOPD Crime Map

Posted: March 23, 2011 in New Orleans

Created by the New Orleans Police Department, this crime map tool can be used to search addresses in New Orleans to find what types of reported crimes or violations happened by that address, when they happened, and the approximate location of the violation or crime.  You can search for violations falling under these categories: auto theft, burglary, robbery, rape, theft, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, murder, arson, other.  You can draw on the map after you performed a search.  You can also use a measuring tool to calculate the distances in between addresses or crime scenes.  There are even tools to print or capture an image of the map.  When you first get to the site you are to read a disclaimer and choose I Agree or I Disagree before the ability to use the crime map tool is yours.

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Last year to prepare for Mardi Gras in New Orleans, 118 troopers from across the state were sent to stand in the French Quarters.  Mardi Gras last year showed a decline in crime: narcotics arrests decreased by 72% (from 412 in 2009 to 283 in 2010) and municipal arrests decreased by 74%.

This was a special Mardi Gras celebration because The Saints had just won the Super Bowl and because the community of New Orleans, and Louisiana in general, were recently overcoming the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.  Felony arrests in the French Quarter fell from 93 people arrested in 2009 to only 45 in 2010.

Although these crimes fell in percentage during last year’s Mardi Gras celebration, gun arrests and seizures grew by 100%, from 2 in 2009 to 4 in 2010.  Two women were shot and wounded in the French Quarters, but this was one of the very few crimes committed during the 2010 Mardi Gras celebration.

Overall, crime statistics in New Orleans during Mardi Gras grew from 77 to 84 major crimes but, these were mainly property theft crimes — a common crime seen to grow in numbers after Hurricane Katrina left many homes abandoned and/or unprotected by the homeowners.  What should also be made note of is that overall city arrests during the two-week Mardi Gras celebration dropped significantly from 2009 to 2010; 1,468 people were brought to jail in 2010, down from the 2,125 people brought to jail in 2009.

It can be speculated that crime decreased so much from the 2009 festival because in 2010 all of New Orleans was impacted by the positivity of a Super Bowl win.  This overcame them with such joy in a time of despair, violence, devastation, and crime that it caused the city to take a break from destruction and violence and revel in their victory.