The GDSD Board of Commissioners holds meetings at least 4 times each year within the District. All meetings are open to the public. Our next meeting is not yet scheduled. Please check the schedule with the GDSD office for the time and date: 525-7911.
The Board is currently investigating the feasibility and cost of installing cameras on public poles to assist in solving crimes in the area. In the meantime, we encourage all property owners who have exterior cameras to allow us to add them to a neighborhood database that can be tapped only via our office if a crime occurs in the area and the NOPD believe that footage may be useful in the investigation. The NOPD or the GDSD patrol investigators would approach the homeowner for permission to view the footage. We also encourage all property owners to install security camera and alarms on their properties.
~ 2013 YEAR END MESSAGE ~
At its September 24, 2013 meeting and public hearing, the Board of Commissioners voted to request that the City Council levy 11 mills for 2014, the same amount as 2013. Property tax bills which include this tax were sent from the City of New Orleans to all property owners in December of 2013 and will be due before February 1st, 2014. At this rate, the security tax on a property valued at 350,000 would be approximately $330.
Since 1998, the Garden District Security Patrol officers have provided around the clock enhanced security patrols for the neighborhood. This includes multiple private patrol officers on simultaneous duty plus one NOPD detail officer on duty each evening for several hours. All day, every day, GDSD officers are available in the District to assist you in emergency situations, to check your home or business when you are out of town, escort you safely from your car to your door, or check out suspicious persons in the area. They work closely with the NOPD officers of the Sixth District to monitor and deter crime in the area and report crimes that have occurred. All residents and businesses within the boundaries of Louisiana Avenue, Carondelet Street, Jackson Avenue and Magazine Street (both sides of all streets) are eligible to receive GDSD patrol service any time, day or night. The positive results of this coverage can be noted in our crime statistics that are often lower than many other areas surrounding us and across the city that do not enjoy enhanced security.
Categorized statistics are uploaded weekly by our GDSD supervisors and available for viewing anytime on this site under Weekly Activity along with much more information. As of this writing, this year, our GDSD patrol officers have conducted nearly 1700 resident escorts, over 700 neighborhood businesses checks and thousands of home checks for our travelling residents. They covered 16 hit and run accidents, 24 suspicious person calls, 14 medical calls, and 23 drunk driver complaints while handling several auto burglaries and thefts, and assisted NOPD on more serious incidents such as residence burglaries, aggravated battery claims, one rape, and several attempted/ armed robberies in the area.
The city wide crime trends and statistics, can be found on the city’s website http://www.nola.gov/GOVERNMENT/NOPD/Crime-Maps/.