Saints fans fear car break-ins on match day

Saints fans fear car break-ins on match day

The Saints’ regular season opener is Sunday noon against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Some longtime fans are wary of watching the game in person, due to the insecurity in downtown New Orleans. “It’s an opportunity for people to take advantage of their cry of courage for our saints,” said Keith Walker, season ticket holder. “Visualize what it feels like when you get out of the game and you have to phone, report it and then call the insurance company (and say), ‘Hey, someone broke into my car, broke my window for no reason. They say New Orleans police need to anticipate the predictable car break-ins that occur regularly during home games or other major Superdome events and do something to prevent crime. The department did not respond to WDSU’s repeated requests for answers about gameday parking patrols, he said. Security expert and former NOPD investigator Mike Kahn said adding officers outside the Superdome is not realistic with current department staff. and other places. If the NOPD had a manpower allocation of 1,500 officers, I totally believe you could group work teams together and patrol those groups and keep them to a minimum. Would you say you wouldn’t have any cars being broken into, no, but it would definitely be two or three cars for 30 or 40″. But the department doesn’t have a full staff, and it hasn’t been for years. In late August, NOPD Director Sean Ferguson said, There are fewer than 1,000 officers The New Orleans downtown development district is funding additional patrols near the Super Dome T. Trent Dang, director of marketing and communications for DDD, said more patrols will be in the games, but there are currently no new efforts by Security to reduce car break-ins. We can park our car downtown during the day and still don’t know if our car will be vandalized, said Kuffa Jones, the owner of the Uptown home. You’ll park your car in it so that’s the way you left it.”

The Saints’ regular season opener is Sunday noon against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Some longtime fans are wary of watching the game in person, due to the insecurity in downtown New Orleans.

“It’s an opportunity for people to take advantage of their cry of courage for our saints,” said Keith Walker, season ticket holder. “Visualize what it feels like when you get out of the game and you have to phone, report it and then call the insurance company (and say), ‘Hey, someone broke into my car, broke my window for no reason. “

They say New Orleans police need to anticipate the predictable car crashes that occur regularly during home games or other major Superdome events and do something to prevent crime. The department did not respond to WDSU’s repeated requests for answers about gameday parking patrols. Security expert and former NOPD investigator Mike Kahn said adding officers outside the Superdome is not realistic with existing department staff.

“We can’t even fill in the entire Dome police details at the moment,” Kahn said. “We get people to work inside the Superdome from Indian reservations and elsewhere. If the NOPD had a manpower allocation of 1,500 officers, I totally believe you could put the work teams together and patrol these groups and keep them to a minimum. Would you say no break-in would be made? A car, no, but it would definitely be two or three cars for 30 or 40.”

But the department doesn’t have a full staff, and it hasn’t been for years. In late August, NOPD Director Sean Ferguson said there were fewer than 1,000 officers.

The Downtown New Orleans Development District funds additional patrols near the Superdome. T. Trent Dang, DDD’s director of marketing and communications, said more games will be patrolled, but there are currently no new efforts by security to curb car break-ins.

“The frustration – especially being a daily game – that we can park our vehicle downtown during the day and still don’t know if our vehicle will be vandalised,” said Kuffa Jones, an Uptown homeowner. “It’s a pity because you have to be able to trust the city and region you’re going to park your car in so that it’s the way you left it.”

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