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BATON ROUGE - Glen Oaks residents are putting a spotlight on crime in their neighborhood.

Tuesday, Entergy workers will install more than 100 lamps on existing utility polls.

"The norm is that it is alright to shoot a gun in our neighborhood. It's not alright," New Beginnings Baptist Church pastor Donald Hunter said.

Hunter's congregation along with the Chapel at LSU raised $40,000 to purchase the bulbs, install the lamps and maintain them for a year.

"It's an ongoing comprehensive approach to literally rebuilding a neighborhood and community," Hunter said.

"Lately we've been having a lot of gunshots," the homeowners' association member Charman Herbert said. "You know a bullet don't have a name. So yea, we are afraid."

The residents live in fear and they blame a lot of the crime on the lack of lighting.

"We hope that what we do here can be replicated in such a way that other communities can embrace what we are doing and have the same type of effect on creating a better place for families and children to live."

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