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Apr 212017
 

An overview of crime around Mid-City from the past week (via CrimeMapping.com).

Mid-City’s burglary rate took a beating last month, though the overall rate of crime remained stable.

There were nine reported incidents of burglary in the Mid-City Security District in March – an increase of six over the month before. The theft rate also increased by one report to 12 incidents, according to police statistics. Continue reading »

Mar 302017
 

A representation of violent personal crime around Mid-City last week. The red fist signifies assaults.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Shoplifting incidents around New Orleans Police Department’s First District are up this month, though the total number of violent crimes has decreased.

There have been 117 shoplifting reports this year compared to 82 at this point last year, according to NOPD statistics. First District officials discussed last week’s crime statistics at their regular meeting Tuesday. Continue reading »

Mar 172017
 

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a police canine that went missing Thursday.

At about midnight, the male canine – named “Spike” – was placed in his kennel by his partner officer at the officer’s residence. When the officer returned later that morning to feed the canine, the canine was not in his kennel. The dog had pulled a portion of the kennel apart, creating a small hole that allowed the canine to exit the kennel, police said. Continue reading »

Mar 172017
 

A snapshot of auto burglaries around Mid-City over the past four weeks (via CrimeMapping.com)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Cheap technology used by criminals to unlock car doors – without a key – is contributing to the rash of auto burglaries around Mid-City, and several residents addressed city leaders to help stem the crimes.

City Councilmember Susan Guidry, who represents District A, held a town hall Thursday afternoon to discuss public safety and crime. Commanders from three New Orleans Police Department districts made brief presentations on crime statistics and prevention tips. About 50 people attended the meeting – held at St. Central Matthew United Church of Christ in Uptown – and could ask questions of Guidry, the police or even local court officials. Continue reading »

Mar 162017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

As of right now, the Tulane Canal neighborhood doesn’t have it’s own special security patrols and is not included in the Mid-City Security District. But it could be something Tulane Canal Neighborhood Association members consider for the future.

Patrick Armstrong, with the Mid-City Neighborhood Association, wanted to float the idea of including Tulane Canal into MCSD before proposing new legislation. The special district is based on state legislation and has to go up to ballot every few years, which gives organizers the ability to modify the district’s boundaries and payment options. Continue reading »