Coverage of 2nd District Crime Walk

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Updated Wednesday, May 23 at 10:42 PM

Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS – As neighbors in the Freret neighborhood walked with police to take a stand against crime Wednesday night, they said a lot has changed in recent years.

“In the very beginning I had some customers that were nervous about coming in and bringing their pets into the store, and now it’s like, ‘Wow, Freret has really changed in the last year,'” said Michelle Ingram, owner of Zeus’ Place, an animal boarding and grooming business on Freret Street.

“The police department has done a very good job in recent years with keeping the crime problem down in this area,” said Andrew Amacker, president of Neighbors United. “We have had historic bad spots, and while there have been some issues, crime has been very much alleviated from where it was pre-storm.”

Police agree that crime has dropped significantly since new businesses began popping up on Freret.

“We don’t have any problems in this area right now, because of the high level of pedestrian and vehicle traffic in this area. This is one of the areas we patrol a lot,” said 2nd District Commander Paul Noel.