Another crime district in the works
BAKER - One more neighborhood is planning to ask for state approval to help curb unwanted mischief. Residents in the Parkwood Terrace Subdivision are working with state lawmakers to set up a crime district.
"We could always use more police because we want to be crime-free, you know?" said Sherman Robinson.
Homeowner's Association President Elaine Davis says the Baker neighborhood has experienced small crimes including carport thefts and attempted break-ins. While some homeowners use security systems and enforce the neighborhood watch, Davis says more is better with a crime district.
"This would help prevent any additional or big, major crimes that take place in other neighborhoods," she said.
The crime district, as it has in other neighborhoods would provide security cameras and extra police patrols. District fees would be $100 for 10 years.
Some aren't convinced the extra cost is necessary, while others say extra security is important.
"I'm trying to find the rationale for more protection," said Robinson.
Crime district organizers say they are meeting with a state representative soon, to bring their district plans before the legislature. If it's approved in the legislative session, the district will be up for a vote next November.
There are about 20 crime districts in East Baton Rouge Parish. Most of them were created in the last three years.