Port Barre police say crime rates are going down this summer, thanks to the community.
Port Barre police have increased patrols and set up cameras to prevent crime. However, Chief Deon Boudreaux says a newly formed neighborhood watch group is making a big difference.
"They will get out and walk the streets at night," Boudreaux said. "They will have a headlight with their flashlights. They walk the streets and they’ll notify us if they see something suspicious. "
So far 20 people have signed up. "It definitely slowed crime down a bit with the neighborhood watch program and the tactics we’re using now," Boudreaux said. "We made several arrests. This past month we’ve made about 4 or 5 vehicle burglaries. "