New group hopes to fight crime
BATON ROUGE- A non-profit group is hoping to crack down on crime one zip code at a time.
The group calls itself THINK. It stands for Teaching, helping, and inspiring. Not killing.
The group plans to spread the word about coming together solve crime citywide.
"We just don't want it to be an area problem. We want it to be a whole city wide problem, cause some people don't think it's in my area. Eventually it will spread to your area," said Gerald Ravasio.
Last year alone there were 67 murders in Baton Rouge. Too many, said the organizers of THINK.
"We're the 5th highest murder rate per capita in the country and it's just going to get worse," said Ravasio.
Their idea is to start with youth in the area and work their way up.
"The youth are our future and if we can get the youth. We can raise them up and think about the destiny in their lives instead of thinking of crime and violence."
People in the community appreciate the effort.
"That's letting me know that somebody really cares about what goes on in the neighborhood. Somebody is putting forth an effort to try and change the crime," said Melvin George.
George owns a gas station in the 70805 zip code, one of the city's most dangerous, and believes the new effort, along with the BRAVE program, will change that.
"I hope it will bring about a change and awareness, let people know that people do care about what's going on in the crime areas of town," he said.
But, help is needed.
"We need help from the community, we need help from the churches in the area, business owners from the people who live there. We need them so we can help them it's time for our community to take back our city," said Ravasio.