Sherwood Forest preparing for crime district
BATON ROUGE - A crime protection district in Sherwood Forest is in the works.
The neighborhood voted on the measure last year. Each household will see a fee added on to property taxes at the end of the year.
Sherwood Forest is looking to other crime districts to design a plan for community protection. This year, there have been a rash of home invasions and sexual assaults in the area. One model community leaders are considering adopting is the plan used in Broadmoor. There, people say they've noticed a difference.
"We see police patrolling and police live in this neighborhood," said Bill Noddin. "There's two within a block of here that live here."
The legislature has created dozens of crime districts in the past 15 years. The 19 crime districts in Baton Rouge are responsible for organizing extra patrols, installing cameras and improving lighting.
"We feel very safe here, and it's just a nice place to live," said Noddin.
People living in Sherwood Forest should start seeing crime district changes beginning in January 2015.