West Baton Rouge Parish parks beef up security

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POSTED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 7:34pm

Parks in West Baton Rouge Parish are about to get new security cameras. The parish council approved $15 thousand in the new budget to give each park protection against vandalism.

People living near the parks say it's a welcomed addition.

"During the summer fights and stuff like that over there," said Port Allen resident Velvetta brown.

Brown lives across the street from Williams and Lee park. She says her kids aren't allowed to play at the park without her.

"I be over there to keep up with what's going on, but probably with the cameras and stuff would let them go over there by themselves," said Brown.

The West Baton Rouge Parish council approved a plan to give the park $5,000 thousand to install permanent security cameras.

Leaders say over the summer vandals messed up parts of Myhand park in Addis. They put up cameras there and the problems stopped. Now they want to make sure no other parks have problems.

Pauldette Jones lives near by Williams and Lee Park all her life. She said, "The camera going to protect if there is any vandalism going on or any fights be going on. They can pick it up and see how it begins so who was all involved in it."

People living near the park say kids break in her during the summer just to going swimming. They say the new security cameras will help keep kids from breaking and keep them safe.

"You don't know who goes back there to break in and swim you," said Jones. "You don't want nobody to drown back there. "

Alexander Park in Brusly and Erwinville Park in Erwinville are also set to get cameras.

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