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Business owners react to new crime initiative

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Posted: Oct 7, 2010 5:34 PM by Sarah Rosario
Updated: Oct 7, 2010 6:10 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: crime, downtown, Baton Rouge, business, owners, reaction, police

There are mixed emotions today from downtown business owners about the plan to curb crime in Baton Rouge.

Some business owners support the plan but question whether it will work. Law enforcement will have to prove it with their actions.

Freddie Taylor, the owner of Po Boy Lloyds, said business is booming, but in recent weeks, he's noticed a change in customers' personalities. He attributed it to the crime.

"They break into the houses. People go out shooting without even caring who they hit. I don't know what's going on. People shooting and don't care where the bullets go," said Taylor.

Officers were out of their units and on bikes in downtown Baton Rouge this afternoon. Although the police presence is strong downtown, some owners believe other parts of Baton Rouge are being neglected.

"Where the last couple of things have happened, that's not on the main areas, the part that's hidden on the backside, but I think it's great. If they could work together, that'd be wonderful," said Taylor.

Authorities plan to attack crime by teaming together. Officers are now required to walk the streets at least 30 minutes in a shift as part of community policing.

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