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Crime going down in North Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE - Crime is going down in one of Baton Rouge's most troubled areas.

Since June, police say crime is down by nearly 20 percent in the 70805 area of north Baton Rouge.

Police credit it to the BRAVE program, or "Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination."

Residents living in the targeted area say the once-mean streets are becoming a lot more friendly.

Fred Lewis is a barber at Miami Nights Beauty and Barber Shop on Plank Road. The shop is in the heart of 70805, and opened around the same time the BRAVE project was introduced to the area.

"It's making it better, more peaceful around here," Lewis said. "It makes a lot of us feel better, because we don't have to worry about your stuff getting broken into or nobody we know kids getting shot, or somebody whose hair I cut got shot."

Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White said since BRAVE began and officers started hitting the pavement in north Baton Rouge, murders have gone down in the area. The last occurred more than a month ago.

The chief says a lot of that has to do with taking drug dealers off the streets.

"Now once we have them in the streets doing what they're doing, taking down drug dealers, you see a decrease in murders in Baton Rouge," White said.

Chief White says since the BRAVE program began, his office has also solved seven murders in the 70805 area.


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