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Mid-City Security District adding extra patrols to stem auto thefts and burglaries

Vehicle break-ins reported to the NOPD from Jan. 1 to April 30. (via CrimeMapping.com)
Vehicle break-ins reported to the NOPD from Jan. 1 to April 30. (via CrimeMapping.com)

Violent, personal crime has dipped within the Mid-City Security District over the past two years. There were no murders reported within the special security district in 2018, and none so far in 2019.

Overall crime, however, increased 12 percent in 2018, mostly stemming from a rash of auto burglaries and thefts. Those statistics haven’t improved much in the first three months of 2019, but MCSD officials have a plan.

The district will allot $100 every two weeks to extra patrols, which should add about 20 shifts per week, said Jim Olsen, MCSD chair. Extra patrols should start in about two weeks, with NOPD approval.

The increase could allow two officers per vehicle, instead of the current one-man, one-car patrols.

“Some of these [suspects] are armed, and it’s very dangerous to have a single officer roll up on them,” Olsen said.

In March, MCSD officers responded to one armed robbery, 23 auto burglaries, nine auto thefts, and 13 reports of theft. Overall crime has remained static over the first three months of 2019.

Motor vehicle thefts reported to the NOPD from Jan. 1 to April 30. (via CrimeMapping.com)
Motor vehicle thefts reported to the NOPD from Jan. 1 to April 30. (via CrimeMapping.com)

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