BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Members of the Glen Oaks community were out early this morning, helping people clean up the neighborhood and their houses. Folks were out cutting lawns and trimming down trees. The people putting on this clean up day are hoping that by making the community cleaner, they'll make it safer. So far, in 2014, two murders have happened in the Glen Oaks area.
Donald Hunter, pastor of New Beginnings Baptist Church, said this is a start of a change in the right direction.
"We are dealing with crime prevention through environmental control," said Hunter. "Research says if we increase visibility we will lessen the crime."
He and volunteers hope to set an example for children.
"Maybe we can inspire a child to want to be at the mastery level, " Hunter explained. "By simply creating an environment that's conducive for education and families to grow in and develop."