BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Days after an arrest was made in connection with some recent home invasions, residents in the Garden District are still on high alert.
"It's making sure we're always in communication with each other and that's the most important part of being a safe neighborhood," said Eric Troutman, President of the Garden District Civic Association.
On Wednesday, The Garden District Civic Association teamed up with Baton Rouge Police to discuss concerns about the uptick in crime in the area.
"Obviously with the concern that everyone in the area, Mid-city, Tara and Old Goodwood have had, it's certainly cemented our need to have a meeting to talk about crime," said Troutman.
Thursday, BRPD officers hosted a public safety meeting at the Florida Boulevard Baptist Church Fellowship with presentations from security companies and locksmiths, designed to instruct people how to fortify their homes.
"If they have not been vigilant in securing their homes to start to do so and it should not take crimes taking place and making their way in news waves to cause them to take action, they should always be proactive," said Sergeant Darryl Honore of the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Troutman agrees with the message and adds while residents in the Garden District rely on police presence for safety, neighbors have to do their part to fill in the gaps in between patrols and remain prepared at all times.
"The main thing is we as neighbors are diligent and it's imperative we're doing everything we can to control our controllables," said Troutman. "That we're locking our homes and vehicles, that we're securing our personable belongings, we communicate with each other and we're recording and reporting any suspicious activity in the neighborhood."
Police agencies say that effort will go a long way in helping them do their jobs more effectively.
"We worked quickly with sheriff's office, state police, state police crime lab and identifying suspect in recent home invasions and we're using all those tools, we work together and we will be there," said Honore.