Posted: May 17, 2010 4:49 PM by Lori Steele
Updated: May 17, 2010 7:36 PM
Burglars are forcing Central residents to be on high alert. Tonight, homeowners in one subdivision plan to fight back. They're meeting with City and Parish leaders beginning at 7 p.m. at Palomino Park.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office handles the majority of crime calls in the city of Central. For March and April, 41 burglaries have been logged city-wide. 4 residents in Bridlewood subdivision were targets, with the most recent case Friday afternoon.
Lena Crotwell tells News 2 she's now afraid to be in her home without the doors locked, following a break-in there. The 21-year resident of Bridlewood says, "I lock that door all the time now. Used to when in the house, didn't lock. But, I lock it now".
Bridlewood resident Jimmy Manno helped post signs around the subdivision warning residents to be on alert. He also behind a push to get a neighborhood watch program up and running again. That's one of the things we're told will be discussed tonight. He tells News 2, "we talked to some of the sheriffs and they've been patrolling the area for us. But, you know they can only do so much. We have to be our own eyes, help them out".
Central Police Chief Doug Browning and his small department help Sheriff's Deputies keep an eye on crime. He says, "they're looking at something that appears to be a nice, safe environment for them to run in and out. We're talking anywhere from 1 - 3 minutes".
Residents seem willing to do what they can to burglar-proof their neighborhood. From crime reports, installing alarms may be a good start. We're told no alarm sounded at the homes were items were stolen.
No matter the outcome of tonight's meeting, Chief Browning says he plans to boost patrols in subdivisions and ask the City to allow him to hire more reserve officers.