Residents call for new Crime Prevention Districts

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 3:55pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — Baton Rouge residents hope their lawmakers can help keep their communities safer. That's why several legislators have authored billes that will create new Crime Prevention Districts across East Baton Rouge parish in neighborhoods like Mayfair and Broadmoor.

The bills would require homeowners living in those areas to pay $100 to $200 a year to the district. That money would go towards extra security patrols and other measures to keep crime out of their neighbrhoods.

"Crime is potentially can hit anywhere so the residents want to do something about it and they'd rather spend the additional money to get the additional security," say Representative Franklin Foil.

He authored a bill a few years back that brought a Crime Prevention District to the Gardere area. He says that legislation has made the Gardere neighborhood safer.

The bills will go up before lawmakers during the 2012 session. That starts March 12th.

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