At the Crime March on City Hall many speakers urged citizens to get involved and be a part of the solution. To that end, we dedicated our January meeting to developing strategies that we (as citizens and as an organization) could use to help fight crime both immediately and long term. You can view the strategies here.
Another step in our response was a community meeting in Washington Square Park introducing immediate prevention strategies and discussing long-term strategies.
Short Term Strategies
Whistle Alert: Eyes on the Street
Carry a whistle and blow it if you feel in danger to alert people and draw attention.
Should you hear or see someone blowing a whistle, call the police immediately and report your location.
Like when one smells smoke, they rush to check what is burning and call the fire department immediately. Every second counts.
The FMIA is providing whistles at cost. If interested in purchasing whistles, email us.
Light the Marigny for Safety
Keep your outdoor lights on at night for safety.
This helps people walking. It illuminates their surroundings and minimizes shadows (hiding places). Using photo sensors automatically turns lights on at dusk and off at dawn. To further reduce cost, many fixtures can be fitted with long-lasting, energy-saving bulbs.
United Hardware is providing photocells at cost to us for this program. (Thank you, United Hardware.)
We also help people install them. To be included in this program, email us.
Meet the Neighbors
To welcome residents new to the Marigny, and support neighborhood businesses, we gather monthly as friends as well as neighbors.
This familiarizes neighbors, so we can better watch out for one another.
Join us every 2nd Tuesday of the month at one of our amazing local hot spots. Turn a neighbor into a friend.
For this month's location, visit our Meet the Neighbors page.
Information saves lives. And quick dissemination of information is critical in preventing crime.
We are seeking volunteers from each block to participate in our block captain system. Block Captains would share important crime information with their immediate neighbors.
To participate in the system,email us.
Good Neighbor Program
The City of New Orleans has created the Good Neighbor Program so that residents can report blighted/vacant property.
The Broken Window Theory states that a single broken window can invite crime into a neighborhood by showcasing to criminals that the property is not taken care of and most likely vacant and that people in the neighborhood are not active enough to put pressure on the home owner to keep up their property. The property may also be used to harbor criminals, drugs and stolen goods. The city has a page on their web site where you can report such properties.
Long Term Strategies
Security Crime Patrol
We are currently investigating Security Crime Patrols for the Marigny and would like your input. The crime patrol can be paid by subscription or by a special taxing district.
What do you think of these options? How would you prefer to pay?
Email us and let us know.
Citizen Crime Patrol
The Guardian Angels have begun patrolling our neighborhood (Thank you Guardian Angels.) and are looking for volunteers to be trained and patrol.
If you are interested in joining email us.
Cameras on Street Corners
We are currently investigating the installation of surveillance cameras in the Marigny and would like your input. Cameras can be a great way to deter crime and catch criminals in the act.
The City is currently installing systems throughout the city. Would you like this for the Marigny? If so, how would you prefer to pay?
Email us and let us know.
Questions? Comments? Email or call 888-312-0812