Dozens concerned after rash of window vandalism by juveniles

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - People who live Uptown and in surrounding areas say they're fed up coming home to smashed windows on their cars and homes. Police say they're working to identify those responsible, but there's only so much they can do.

A man who only wants to be identified as Andrew says he's invested in this home and the neighborhood, but rocks through windows are an obvious safety concern, including the tenants he rents to.

"His living room was right there so the rock could have easily come in and hit them or glass fallen in on them if they were sitting at the kitchen and eating," said Andrew.

When Andrew went to check the security footage around his home, he was surprised to see four kids and what he sees as a lack of concern.

"Probably just bored and looking for something to do and unfortunately they're looking to destroy people's property," he said.

Another neighbor who didn't want to be identified said her car windows were knocked out.

She said she didn't see who was responsible, but says if they're kids, she wants to see measures taken where they're not locked up.

"How we can hold these kids accountable but help them turn their lives around to do something more important and productive?" she said.

The NOPD's Second District says the kids don't' stay locked up. They've made 13 juvenile arrests in these types of crimes in the area, but because they're for property and not violent crimes the kids often get back out.

"Some of the parents are working with us they're talking to us assisting us and identifying a lot of these kids and the schools they go to," said Lt. Jennifer Dupre.

NOPD helped address neighbors' concerns as part of an anti-crime meeting today. They said they continue to try and identify the juveniles, who are often repeating culprits.

But it is the summertime, and despite no real reason for window-smashing, they're urging neighbors to try and keep from being a target.

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