Like previous years, the GDCA will continue increased security patrols throughout the summer months. Additional security patrols are funded by annual dues, and with less than 25% of the homes in the Garden District participating members, we can only fund a limited amount of patrol hours. If you are interested in becoming a member, renewing your membership or including additional security funds, please visit gdcabr.org.read more
On Thursday, May 26, 2022, Baton Rouge Police Department arrested four individuals responsible for the recent crime spree in and around our neighborhood. This was a Tier 1 Top Priority for BRPD. The suspects have been connected to at least seven separate events that occurred in the past approximate10 days, including the events on St. Rose Street, on S 22nd Street and Cherokee Street (previously reported as S 18th Street and Cherokee Street), and on Park Boulevard and Terrace Avenue. Other events occurred as far east as the Mid City Beer Garden and as far west as Brice Street across from Alford Safe and Lock.
BRPD encourages anyone who may have witnessed or has evidence of these events or any other related crimes to contact Detective Justin Becnel (cell 225-413-8998, office 225-389-3848). Any information can be helpful to ensure the suspects are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. MOST IMPORTANTLY! If you are a victim or witness to a crime, please contact or stay in contact with BRPD.
Additional advice/notes from BRPD
- Stay vigilant! Most armed robbery suspects target distracted victims.
- High-quality residential surveillance video was vital in solving this case.
- Vehicle burglars often transition to armed robbers when confronted.
- Cooperate as much as possible with armed suspects. Nothing you own is worth your life or serious injury.
BRPD also reviewed the past six months of activity in the Garden District and with the exception of the activities of the four arrested suspects, we remain a very safe neighborhood. They attribute this in part to it being a neighborhood where folks know their neighbors, and there are almost always eyes on the street (likely due to the large number of lovely porches throughout the neighborhood).
So this Memorial Day weekend, crack a cold one on your porch (or if you’re like me, your front stoop), say hi to your neighbors (or invite them over if you are so inclined), and enjoy the beautiful weather.
The Garden District Civic Association Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, March 27 at 3:00 PM at Leola’s Cafe at the corner of Government St. and Park Blvd. We invite you to come out and participate in what we hope will be a very productive meeting sharing ideas on how to keep the Garden District “A Great American Neighborhood”. Speakers will include Cpl. Seth Gauthier, city officials and more! All attendees will be entered into a chance to win a gift card to Leola’s Café sponsored by Anne Trapp, Realtor with CENTURY 21 IR.read more