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Renewal for crime prevention district

3 years 4 months 4 weeks ago May 03, 2013 May 3, 2013 Friday, May 03 2013 May 03, 2013 4:39 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Adrian Pittman

BATON ROUGE - On Saturday, residents in the Concord Estates neighborhood in south Baton Rouge will head to the polls to decide whether to renew a parcel fee for a crime prevention district.

The subdivision created the crime preventative measure back in 2004.

"The crime district was established to assist our local police officers and help us keep crime down," said neighborhood president, Harry Johnson.

If renewed, the fee would cost $69.50 per home, and generate more than $20,000 a year. The money would help providing more law enforcement presence and hire off-duty officers to patrol.

"You don't ever consider yourself safe because these people are out there in the community and will prey on you if they can," said Johnson.

Concord is nestled in between 1-10 and Perkins Road.

Crime is fairly low in the area and councilman John Delgado doesn't understand why the neighborhood needs the crime preventative measure.

"Crime districts generally I have a problem with them. I think we should have one crime district and that's the entire parish of East Baton Rouge," said Councilman John Delgado.

Residents say they sleep better at night having the added protection.

"We feel that there are extra eyes watching over us while we sleep," said Johnson.

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