St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith has released the 2023 crime statistics for unincorporated St. Tammany Parish, which continue to show a clearance rate that is substantially higher than the national average for both violent and non-violent crime. “I am extremely pleased with the hard work and dedication of all of our employees who have contributed to another year of successful crime fighting,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “This is a testament to the agency as a whole’s determination to keep St. Tammany Parish safe and hold criminals accountable for their actions.”
Overall violent crime is up slightly in unincorporated St. Tammany Parish, with 1,149 violent crimes reported in 2023 compared to 984 reported in 2022. The highest jump was in simple assault, which increased from 689 reported in 2022 to 870 reported in 2023. The clearance rate for those same nationally reported crime categories - murder, manslaughter, sex offenses, robbery and assault – was an impressive 95 percent. That is compared to the national average of only 40 percent. In 2023, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office handled nine homicides; eight of which have been cleared. Three of those cases were murder-suicides, and the one unsolved homicide occurred in December in the Alton community. Sheriff Smith said this is an active investigation and he is confident the detectives with the STPSO Major Crimes Unit will solve this case. Anyone with information they feel maybe helpful is asked to call (985) 898-2338 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
The number of non-violent crimes reported also saw a slight increase from the previous year, thanks primarily to an increase in thefts and motor vehicle thefts. STPSO’s clearance rates for the nationally reported categories for non-violent crimes - burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and fraud- was 54 percent. That clearance rate is an amazing four and half times the national average of 12 percent.
“Keeping crime rates down is a partnership between law enforcement and the community we serve,” Sheriff Smith added. “We are blessed to live and serve in an area that respects, appreciates and works with law enforcement.” “Residents can help us keep these numbers down by making it harder for criminals by securing valuables, locking doors and contacting us when they notice something suspicious,” he added.
Anyone with information about crimes occurring in our parish can submit a tip through the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Website (www.STPSO.com), by calling the narcotics tip line (1-888-GO-2-JAIL), or by calling Crimestoppers. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward through Crimestoppers.