POSTED: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 5:45pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 10:05am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Lana Goodnight lives in Baton Rouge's most dangerous zip code, the 70805.
"It's not safe to walk the streets anymore. It's not safe to let your kids out and play," says Goodnight.
Thirty percent of homicides in Baton Rouge happen there. Mukul Verma of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation isn't surprised Goodnight feels the way she does.
"The African-American community, nearly half of African-Americans are afraid they'll be a victim of crime or a family member will be a victim of crime," says Verma.
According to a survey released by B.R.A.F. that number drops by almost 20% for Caucasians.
"I feel safe," says Fred Taylor.
Fred Taylor has lived in the Broadmoor area for 27 years. Although he feels crime is on the rise, he's not afraid to leave his home at night.
"I don't feel threatened at all...They do have pretty good police presence where I live," says Taylor.
According to the B.R.A.F. survey the numbers actually show a slight decrease in crime in the Capitol City over the past year. Though Taylor and Goodnight live in two different parts of town, they both feel law enforcement is doing everything it can to get the Capitol City's crime problem under control.
"They trying to do a good job. I don't see them backing off from trying to do their job," says Taylor
"I think they're doing the best they can with what they got with the crime area. With the crime so high as it is, it's hard for them to be everywhere at the same time," says Goodnight.
But she feel it's going to take more than cops to make Baton Rouge a safer place.
"They need more job opportunities," says Taylor