Watchdog finds private neighborhood patrols help fight some crime
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.