Crime in East Baton Rouge?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 6:29pm

We heard from Sheriff Sid Gautreaux last night saying despite our high ranking, violent crime is down in East Baton Rouge. But as our Kianga Kelley reports, one man isn’t taking any chances and has turned to protecting himself.

By day he’s a barber and by night he’s his own personal security guard. Jason Bowman says two years ago someone broke into his home while he and his family were sleeping. He says since then he’s kept a gun at close range. “Highly upset that whole situation happened, I have to do what I have to do for my family.”

The latest crime ranking by independent publisher CQ Press hasn’t helped either. The site ranked Baton Rouge as the 31st most dangerous city in 2008. Bowman is just surprised the number wasn’t higher. “I feel that just the younger generations coming up, they have no respect. It’s like a free for all; it’s like cowboys and Indians, shoot ‘em up, bang bang.”

Like many, Bowman believes it’s going to take more than the law to slow down crime in Baton Rouge. Until then, he’s taking matters into his own hands. Also in the CQ Press report, Baton Rouge came in at number 20 for most violent metropolitan areas.