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Uptown neighborhood considers options after daylight break-in attempt

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A neighborhood organizer in Carrollton is re-thinking his decision to stay in the city after a daylight crime that threatened the children he cherishes.

Shootings appear to be up recently, and there's been a recent rash of property crime, and the impact on people's quality of life is significant.

When Kim Carver left his children, 2 1/2 year old Ellen and one year-old Caroline, with their nanny on a beautiful Wednesday morning, he assumed they'd be safe.

Around 9am, someone shattered their security.

"The burglar tore the screen off the window, took a brick and broke the outside pane," said homeowner Kim Carver.

The Carver children saw more than any child should.

"The two year-old is very upset. She had to run upstairs and hide in the close which is not normal for nine in the morning."

They are thankful that the sitter had the presence of mind to sound the burglar alarm and call 911.

Police responded in one minute.

The Carvers are now thinking about moving away from the home they love.

"We're not the only city with poverty and drugs, there has to be a way to contain it," said Kristyn Carver. "Otherwise it's going to drive people out of the city."

The break-in is doubly tough for the Carvers in part because they helped form the West Carrollton Neighborhood Association after Katrina, a group designed to improve the quality of life there.

"My wife and I go to work to earn income to pay our taxes to the city of New Orleans, but our children aren't safe in our homes and that's a problem," Carver said.

Post Katrina, recovery was the city's main issue, but not anymore according to UNO polls.

"In 2010 40 percent listed crime as a top concern. This year, 61 percent listed it as a top concern," said pollster Ed Chervenak.

The Carvers love their old historic home, but love their children more. No one got injured in the incident, but their lives are changed.

There have been 185 so-called "quality of life" crimes in new Orleans since Thursday.

That type of crime includes robberies, thefts and vehicle break-ins.

There have been four armed robberies in the city in the past 24 hours, as well as a carjacking on Gentilly Boulevard.

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