From the City of Hammond
Hammond, LA – The Hammond Police Department has released the 2019 Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and has included the crime statistics within the city limits from the past three years.
While murder cases saw the most significant increase from one in 2018 to three in 2019, violent crimes in every other category decreased. All three murders in 2019 were solved by detectives within 24 hours of their occurrence and had suspects in custody. Forcible rapes had the largest decrease from 32 in 2018 down to 13 in 2019, or by 59%. Aggravated assaults and robberies also decreased by 40% and 27% respectively.
In non-violent crimes, auto theft decreased significantly from 116 to 66, or by 43%. Larceny/theft and burglaries also decreased by 8% and 16% respectively.
“The reduction in crime in the city can be attributed to many things, but first and foremost, we need to credit the hard work and dedication of the officers of Hammond Police Department,” said Chief Edwin Bergeron, Jr.
Chief Bergeron also attributes the crime reduction to initiatives started over the past nine months, such as “Lock It Up Hammond” and “Boots on the Ground.” The “Lock It Up Hammond” program aims to bring awareness to citizens to remind them to lock their vehicles and homes. A vast majority of vehicle burglaries committed in Hammond were of unlocked and unsecured vehicles. “Although locking your car or home may not stop every burglary, it definitely decreases your chances of becoming a victim.” said Chief Bergeron.
Another positive change is Hammond has an increase in police patrols due to the “Boots on the Ground” initiative. All members of HPD including the chief, assistant chief, and captains are patrolling the city. “When our daily administrative duties are completed, we need to be on the streets assisting officers,” said Chief Bergeron.
The working relationship between citizens and police has become one of the best assets for the police department. During the past several months, community meetings held in council chambers and residences throughout the city have provided useful information and leads for the police department. They also give an opportunity for the police and community to work on crime issues and crime prevention together. More people are reporting suspicious activity, which allows HPD to respond, locate and identify those individuals and investigate them further for active warrants or possible criminal activity.
Hammond Police Department is asking anyone with information about a crime to contact them at 985-277-5700 or call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa's anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245 (JAIL). Be a part of the solution, and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.