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November Security Update

Below are the monthly reports filed between the Baton Rouge Police Reporting system and Nextdoor. There is not as much property crime as would be expected this time of the year being that it is the holiday season. Please remember to report all suspicious incidents and crimes.

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  • 11/1/18 at 1646 hours Officers responded to Wisteria Street relative to the report of a suspicious person. The resident advised a white male was going door-to-door begging for money. Officers did not notice this male when patrolling the area in search for him.
  • 11/5/18 at 1025 hours, Officers responded to a suspicious person at Camellia Street. The resident reported a black male wearing a blue hoodie and a backpack was walking down the street looking in garbage cans. Officers patrolled the area but were unable to locate anyone matching the description.
  • 11/7/18 a resident reported to Nextdoor that a bed footboard was stolen from outside their home near Cherokee and Camelia Street.
  • 11/10/18 at 2128 hours, Officers responded to Tulip Street. The complainant advised they observe three black males walking in the area “possibly casing the neighborhood.” Officers patrolled the area but did not locate the males.
  • 11/11/18 at 1019 hours, Officers responded to Park Bl. where a resident reported their scooter stolen. The scooter was located shortly later at the BREC park across the street. The person finding the scooter advised several black male juveniles were seen in the apartment complex at 1290 Park Bl. just prior to the scooter being located. Whoever stole the scooter, had cut the wires, possibly trying to hotwire it. The scooter was returned to the complainant.
  • 11/12/18 at 1920 hours, Officers responded to a vehicle burglary at Oleander Street. The complainant advised he saw a black male breaking into his neighbor’s vehicle. The complainant gave a description of the male, and Officers located him nearby. The male was positively identified by the complainant, arrested, and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center for violating LRS 14:62 Simple Burglary.
  • 11/13/18 a resident reported to Nextdoor that a red bicycle with a basket on the front was stolen from their porch. They were advised to file a Police report, but never did.
  • 11/16/18 at 2050 hours, Officers responded to Park Bl. relative to the complaint of shots fired in the area. However, the noise was determined to be fireworks.
  • 11/17/18 at 2149 hours, Officers responded to Park Bl. relative to a stolen vehicle complaint. Officers arrived on scene and determined the vehicle was not stolen but towed because it was improperly parked.
  • 11/19/18 a resident reported a car cover was stolen from his carport via Nextdoor. They were advised to file a report, but never did.
  • 11/20/18 at 1648 hours, Officers responded to Cherokee Street relative to a suspicious incident. The complainant reported five black male juveniles walked up to their vehicle and pulled the door handle. The juveniles fled when the complainant walked out of their home. Officers patrolled the area but were unable to locate the juveniles. The complainant called the next day at 1421 hours to report two of the juveniles had returned to their home to apologize for trying to open their car door. The juveniles were no longer on scene to be identified when Officers arrived the second time.
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John WilliamsNovember Security Update

Is Ball Moss a Problem in Your Trees?

Have you ever noticed those little tumbleweed looking balls attached to the branches our local trees.  You might have seen them in our lovely live oaks or sweet olive trees but they seem to be most prevalent in the crepe myrtles. Those little puff balls are known as ball moss. Ball moss or Tillandsia recurvata is related to Spanish moss. They both live on host plants, but do not rob them of nutrients. There are some trees in Baton Rouge and in the Garden District where the ball moss has filled the tree and blocked the sunlight from the leaves, weakening the tree. Ball moss flowers in the spring. The seeds will scatter with the wind so the moss will take up residency in nearby trees. You might want to remove the balls from your trees before they become a problem. Our crepe myrtle trees are susceptible. For more information, please read the excellent article from the Advocate, which was reprinted in the Baton Rouge Green Newsletter.

http://batonrougegreen.com/2018/02/28/ball-moss-spreading-across-baton-rouge-residents-concerned/

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John WilliamsIs Ball Moss a Problem in Your Trees?

October Security Report

Crime still appears to be low in the Garden District following the arrests this summer. There were only a few anonymous suspicious incidents for September and October, but none had any substance to them. However, it is still great that residents are calling in these incidents so at least it puts an Officer visible in the area for the time it takes them to respond to the call. There were a few thefts of unsecured tools and lawn care items for October but these appear to be more of crimes of opportunities and not a serial issue. See below for a synopsis of recent reports in the Garden District Area for September & October:

 

  • 9/16/18 a resident at Park Bl. reported their vehicle had been burglarized within the  past week. A firearm was taken. There was no forced entry to the vehicle to gain entry by the suspect because the resident left his vehicle unlocked with the firearm inside all week long. 
  • 10/4/18 a resident at Tulip Street reported a vehicle burglary at 1213 hours. The vehicle was left unlocked overnight and the victim’s wallet was stolen.
  • 10/9/18 the resident reported a window had been pried open between 10/8/18 and 10/9/18. Multiple power tools had been stolen from inside the home that was under construction.
  • 10/17/18 at approximately 1729 hours the resident at Wisteria Street reported their leaf blower had been stolen from their flatbed trailer within the past hour.
  • 10/20/18 at 0123 hours Police responded and shut down a loud party at Park Bl.
  • Between 10/20/18 at 2000 hours and 10/21/18 at 1400 hours the resident’s truck was stolen from Oleander Street. It was recovered at Government Street on 10/24/18. The truck had been abandoned at that location for a few days.
  • 10/22/18 at 0929 hours the resident at Cherokee Ave reported their vehicle had been burglarized between 10/20/18 and 10/22/18. The vehicle was left unlocked and not checked in two days.
  • 10/29/18 a resident’s leaf blower was stolen from the bed of their truck at Wisteria Street at approximately 11:48 hours
  • 11/1/18 there was a suspicious male with a tan shirt knocking on doors begging for money at 1714 hours.
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John WilliamsOctober Security Report
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