“They broke into our house and they broke into another woman’s house,” says Jacque Paulsen.
Paulsen has had her property stolen, and was even mugged. Both of the incidents happened in the Marigny. She says she loves it there, but she doesn’t feel safe.
“No, not anymore, like even when I’m biking here at night and I see girls walking by themselves at night I’m like, you have to be careful,” exclaims Paulsen.
Just this weekend two women and a 3-year-old girl were carjacked on Marigny Street. NOPD 8th District officers have released a sketch of two of the four alleged suspects who police say are also linked to another carjacking in the Bywater.
Marigny resident Victoria Draye says, “I think the crime in the neighborhood has increased and it’s not really feeling like a safe neighborhood anymore.”
Last night 8th District Sgt. Ernest Luster said recently officers were specifically assigned to patrol this area.
“We’ve gone as far as to liaison with some of the residents who have private cameras, surveillance cameras, in that area and we’ve added them to our Safe Cam unit,” says Sgt. Luster.
Project NOLA’s Bryan Lagarde warns the Safe Cam unit is not a crime camera system. He says Safe Cam is a database showing which homeowners have cameras. Lagarde says the problem is often times police can’t access the owner quickly.
“What we’re able to bring to the table, free of charge, is we can go ahead and instantly provide that video to the detectives when they need it as they need it,” says Lagarde.
For now Jaque Paulsen is going to tough it out.
“I think it’s kids that don’t care,” says Paulsen.
She hopes the criminals are caught and that the neighborhood gets back on track.
In the meantime police are still looking for a stolen white Jeep Compass with Louisiana plate PNT800.
To find out how to link your surveillance cameras to Project NOLA or to find out how to purchase and install crime cameras contact Project NOLA’s Bryan Lagarde at 504-298-9117