POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 6:15pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 6:35pm
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — People living in the Broadmoor area are pretty excited about the fact that more officers will soon be patrolling their neighborhood. It's all part of the Broadmoor Crime Prevention and Improvement District.
"It's about as safe as you can get in Baton Rouge today, " Celeste Spann, Broadmoor Neighborhood Watch Captain, explained.
People living in the area say they usually feel safe, but recently things have started to change.
"We've had a lot of breaking-in lately during the day," Kelsey Cockrimh, Broadmoor resident said.
Back in November voters approved the creation of the Broadmoor Crime Prevention & Improvement District.
Cockrimh stated,"It will be $100 to pay for more police officers patrolling our neighborhood."
Cockrimh knows first hand how important the patrols will be. Last year someone broke into her home during the day while she was picking up her kids at school.
"I think if there had been a cop driving down the street that time then it would never have had happened," Cockrimh said.
The $100 fee kicks in at the end of the year and will be collected alongside regular property taxes. Residents say they don't mind.
"We agreed," Spann said. "We need all the police riding around. We need to be aware of this area. This is a wonderful place to live. "
They say $100 is a small price to pay to send a strong warning to criminals.
"In order to tell people they better not come in this subdivision, because we have police riding around," Spann explained.
The Broadmoor Residents Association is hosting a special safety and crime prevention forum on Saturday.
It'll be held at the Broadmoor United Methodist Church from 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.
For more details on the forum click here .
For more info on the tax district click here.