In a state often plagued by high crime rates, the cities of Broussard and Rayne in Acadiana have emerged as two of the safest in the Pelican State. According to the latest report by SafeWise, Broussard and Rayne have been ranked among the ten safest cities in Louisiana for 2024, securing the 8th and 2nd spots, respectively.

Rayne: A Model of Safety

Rayne, known as the "Frog Capital of the World," has high marks and ranks second on the list. The city reported the fewest total violent crimes among the ranked cities, with only three incidents of aggravated assault.

Safewise
Safewise
loading...

This stat only highlights Rayne's commitment to maintaining a safe and secure environment for its residents. The low crime rate is undoubtedly a result of a team effort from Mayor Chuck Robichaux, local law enforcement officers, and the strong community of residents in Frog City.

Broussard: Consistently Striving for Safety

Broussard, a city that has seen considerable growth in recent years, is now recognized as the eighth safest city in the state. This achievement reflects the city's proactive measures to enhance public safety and community well-being. Mayor Ray Bourque highlighted the collaborative efforts that contributed to this recognition, saying, "This ranking is the result of good work of the Broussard Police Department, under the leadership of Broussard Police Chief Vance Olivier. Our officers put their lives on the line every day to uphold the law and keep our community safe and secure. We are dedicated to public safety in Broussard."

Statewide Safety Concerns

Despite the success of cities like Broussard and Rayne, Louisiana continues to face significant challenges regarding crime and safety. The state reported some of the highest crime rates in the nation, with a violent crime rate of 5.1 incidents per 1,000 people and a property crime rate significantly higher than the national average.

Safewise
Safewise
loading...

Louisiana residents express heightened concern about crime, with 73% worried about violent crime and 61% about property crime—both figures among the highest in the United States.

A Ray of Hope

Including Broussard and Rayne among the safest cities offers a glimmer of hope for Louisiana. As these cities continue to implement effective safety measures and foster community cooperation, they set a positive example for other regions in the state.

Safewise
Safewise
loading...

Broussard and Rayne's achievements demonstrate that, even in a state with high crime rates, dedicated efforts can significantly improve public safety.

Looking Forward

While we celebrate Broussard and Rayne's accomplishments, there is a renewed optimism about the potential for safer communities across Acadiana and throughout Louisiana. With continued focus on crime prevention, community engagement, and support for law enforcement, other cities can follow in the footsteps of Broussard and Rayne, working towards a safer and more secure future for all Louisianans.

See the full report here via SafeWise.

25 True Crime Locations: What Do They Look Like Today?

Below, find out where 25 of the most infamous crimes in history took place — and what the locations are used for today. (If they've been left standing.)

More From 97.3 The Dawg