Watchdog finds private neighborhood patrols help fight some crime

Published: Sep. 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2013 at 10:41 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS - A watchdog for the City of New Orleans thinks people paying taxes for private neighborhood patrols get some of what they want.

The Office of Inspector General just completed a review of New Orleans' security taxing districts.

Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux says neighborhoods with taxing districts were statistically significant predictors of lower property crime rates. Taxing districts were not a significant predictor of violent crime or murder rates.

Neighborhoods with private patrols did not have slower or faster emergency response times than other areas.

Click here to read Quatrevaux's full report.