As Mid-City neighbors become increasingly worried about violent crime, some residents and business owners are organizing to bring more surveillance to the neighborhood.
Tonight and tomorrow, Pearl Wine will be donating 20 percent of its proceeds to buy Project NOLA cameras for Mid-City, according to Josef Wright, the president of the Greater Mid-City Business Association.
Wright says the cameras can’t come soon enough, given an uptick in crime in the past couple of weeks.
“Folks, you probably heard about the four people shot last Monday on S. Alexander and the daylight carjacking on Bienville on Tuesday,” Wright wrote in an email to Mid-City neighbors over the weekend.
He added that the business association’s fundraising series would put several more cameras in the area, hopefully deterring criminals.
Recent fundraisers have already helped install cameras near Namese, located on Tulane and Carrollton avenues — and several other spots are slated to get them in the next month, Wright said.
“In the next 2 weeks we will be installing Project NOLA Crime cameras at Comiskey Park, the Children’s Hospital clinic on Ulloa at Carrollton, Banks/S Alexander and Tulane Ave,” Wright said.
The efforts come after the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association voted to donate $3,500 from a budget surplus to for a neighborhood crime camera program. The money will be doled out in $100 increments to help residents install the cameras, according to association president Greg Jeanfreau.
Project NOLA cameras cost about $300 dollars. The footage is monitored and shared with police.
Pearl Wine, which is located on 3700 Orleans Avenue, will have a Martinis & Manicures special on Monday, and a free gourmet hot dog bar on Tuesday.