Jan 272014
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Two men walking near St. Charles Avenue on Fourth Street were robbed at gunpoint Saturday evening by a group of four attackers, New Orleans police said.

The two victims, both in their late teens, were walking in the 1600 block of Fourth toward St. Charles Avenue around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, when they were approached by a group of four males, one of whom had a handgun, according to the initial police report. They took one of the victim’s iPhone and a car key, the report states.

Further details were not immediately available. Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.

  • Jim McArthur

    I hope these young men are able to take comfort in the fact that violent crime is, um, “declining” – is that the word the NOPD uses? – in Uptown New Orleans.

  • pfvayda

    Hello Mitch and Serpas! Is anyone out there listening???

  • Joanne Hilton

    Once again, this is the in the territory of the Garden District PrivatePatrol, for which residents on the 1600 block of 4th street pay more millage than they do to the public libraries.

    • Jim McArthur

      Do you think it would be better without the Private Patrol? Do you EVER see the NOPD patrolling the area?

      • Joanne Hilton

        It would be better if NOPD had the contract to patrol the District. Period. Would it cost more? yes. But then again, there IS almost a million dollars sitting in a “reserve” account, so I think we can pay more. But also,then again, the NOPD couldn’t be counted on to make contributions to political campaigns, like the private patrol can. I have been here 25 years, have been the victim of car thefts, burglaries, vandalism, what have you. The private patrol reports to scene of crime (all of the cars) and watch each other write reports, even when the perps are no doubt still in the area. They have to be TOLD to go look for them in the neighborhood! Unless they are escorting old ladies to and from their cars /doors, they are basically useless.

        • Jim McArthur

          Escorting old ladies to and from their cars / doors is a great deal more than the NOPD is doing. The whole point of patrolling is not to catch criminals in the act of perpetrating a crime, but to deter crime from being committed in the first place. Patrols accomplish this: whether the patrols are conducted by the NOPD, private patrol agencies on contract, or neighbors walking the streets together. The NOPD already has a “contract” to patrol: they just aren’t doing the job they are paid to do. If they were doing it, there would be no need for private patrols.

          • Joanne Hilton

            The private patrol does not really deter crime. Miscreants are not afraid of them. NOPD would be a far greater deterrent:if not, why do the other districts like Mid City employ NOPD instead of useless rent-a cops? Whether NOPD (the one everybody pays for) does, or does not provide adequate public neighborhood patrols, is not the issue. The issue is whether or not the Garden District Security District (by the way, does any other security district pay an ADDITIONAL $50,000+ in taxpayer dollars for “administration” – or $22,000+ for “insurance?”) is best served by this private patrol, or would the GDSD be better served by using NOPD for the private patrol. From my past experience with employing both kinds of details, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that NOPD would be more effective in keeping Garden District citizens and property safer.

          • Jim McArthur

            The NOPD is already being paid to do the job of police patrolling, from general revenues. If the NOPD were doing an adequate job, there’d by no need to hire anyone else to do it. The fact that neighborhood after neighborhood is opting to bear the additional expense of hiring private patrols to do the job the NOPD is being paid to do, is proof that these neighbors do NOT regard the NOPD’s work as adequate. It strikes me as ludicrous to hire the same people – and pay them twice – to do the same job they’re failing at in the first place.

  • Karen Sepko

    PANO Press Release includes NOPD Blue Hemorrhage, Crime Under Reporting per OIG and State Auditor, Privatization of Police thru Special Taxing Districts shifting cost of Public Safety onto citizens and business. It’s an interesting read.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/a755cdac95qu2uh/Pano%20FINAL%20PRESS%20RELEASE%201.21.14.pdf

    • Joanne Hilton

      This fits right in with what I have been saying about the Garden District Patrol.

    • Jim McArthur

      Do you really think the Police Union – or the Police Department – is likely to be an objective source of information about private patrols? The private patrols exist in the first place only because the Police Department is ineffectively performing its job. And I still don’t understand the logic of paying the same people, again, when they’re OFF duty, to do the job they’re being paid to do (but aren’t doing) when they’re ON duty. This does nothing but give them an incentive to be even lazier and less efficient when they’re on-duty than they already are.

  • Joanne Hilton

    The fact is this: neighborhoods ARE hiring additional patrols, no matter what or why the NOPD all-city taxpayer force is or is not doing, for whatever reason. And since patrols ARE being hired, why not hire the ones who are the most effective? Additional taxes are being collected, insurance policies are being written (who knows WHY),
    administrators are skimming off the top, and the district citizens are getting much less than they are paying for with these private patrols. NOPD on private patrols are more effective than these rent-a cops. Period. I’ve done it both ways, and I know the difference, first hand.

    • Jim McArthur

      I still don’t understand the logic of why, if the NOPD can’t do the job when they’re on duty, that qualifies them to be the most effective choice for paying them a second time to do the job they can’t do the first time. But, I rest my case.

  • IntheChannel

    It’s time for citizens to get SERIOUS about taking back our streets.

  • Joanne Hilton

    In the first place, while “on the clock,” they do the job they are directed to do by pitiful management systems. When they are in control of what they do on private duty patrols, patrolmen, who in most cases really want to do a good job, use their own instincts and directives to patrol.