Mid-City Businesses Partner to Buy Crime Cameras

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - A widespread crime fighting effort is underway in Mid-City.

Area businesses are partnering to pay for Project NOLA crime cameras.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter talked to one of the business helping to make the community safer.

An uptick in violent crime in Mid-City has both residents and business owners concerned.

It’s why The Greater Mid-City Business Association has launched efforts to add more surveillance cameras to the neighborhood.

“Let’s fight back,” Pearl Wine owner Leora Madden said. “We’re not going to stand for it; we’re not going to put up with it.”

Pearl Wine Co. is one of several businesses participating in a fundraising series that will pay for Project Nola HD crime cameras.

“I really love that, I’If you have a home security camera, you could help the cops *get* the bad guys!m really excited about it,” neighbor Jessica Lazano said.

Jessica Lazano lives in Mid-City. She’s familiar the same crime fighting effort that has enjoyed remarkable success with solving cases in the French Quarter.

“And I feel they’ve been really beneficial to the quarter and I’d really like to see them around mid-city. I think that would be good,” Lazano said.

Monday and Tuesday, Pearl Wine is donating 20-percent of its proceeds to buy crime cameras.

Owner Leora Madden says it’s the least she can do to help solve crime, and in some cases prevent them.

“There’s no reason it shouldn’t be a safe community,” Madden said.” There’s no reason that we can’t make this a safe area, and there’s no reason we can’t send a message to criminals out there that we’re not going to tolerate the behavior, and we will come after you and we will catch you.”

There are already plans to install cameras in three locations before the end of the month.