Abandoned Vehicle Procedure
Residents of the Garden District may report any abandoned vehicle in the district to the GDSD patrol officers. The information is passed along immediately to the city?s abandoned vehicles department then added to an updated list of known abandoned vehicles maintained by the GDSD Supervisor. This list is also faxed monthly to the City’s Abandoned Vehicle Department as a reminder. Generally within 72 hours of reporting, a city inspector “stickers” the abandoned vehicle at the designated location giving notice that the vehicle will be towed if not removed within 7 to 14 days.
Once the vehicle has been “stickered,” the GDSD Supervisor conducts a follow-up inspection to obtain the sticker number and tow date, update his report and make sure it is removed by the city within the expected time period.
School Children and Walkers
During the hours of 6 to 9am and 2 to 4pm, each weekday during the school year, GDSD patrol officers keep a closer watch on Chestnut Street to watch over the many children on their way to and from school and the dozens of runners and walkers in the neighborhood. Please make a point to use this street as our neighborhood pathway to be safe.
If your home or business is equipped with an alarm service, please be sure to include the GDSD patrol and the NOPD as priority contacts. The 899-GDSD number should be given to your alarm service company as soon as possible so that service will be effective for you and your neighbors should an emergency occur.
NOTE: The City of New Orleans has instituted a new law that restricts the number of false alarms each property can have each year before a penalty is levied. Please make sure your alarm is in proper working condition to avoid such penalties.
Going Out of Town?
To request a vacation check of your home or business, please call 899-GDSD to provide the officer with the information about your home and a number where you may be reached in case of an emergency. Officers will take extra care to check your premises while you are gone, but you are asked to take extra precautions to secure all gates, doors and windows and other belongings. It is also suggested that a neighbor or family member collect your newspapers and mail, as the officers will not be allowed to handle such tasks. Also, please leave a key and alarm pass code with an in-town friend and give their name and telephone number to the GDSD patrol in case your alarm sounds. Most alarms cycle for quite sometime before shutting down on their own. This can create a big disturbance for your neighbors.
NOPD Neighborhood Meetings
The Captain of the 6th District NOPD and NonPacc Coordinator of the Sixth District NOPD hold a monthly meeting with area neighbors to discuss concerns and release information on criminal activity in the area. These meetings are usually held every third Wednesday of the month at the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2020 St. Charles Avenue. All neighbors are encouraged to attend. Please double check with the Sixth District to be sure the date or time has not changed. 658-6060.
Get to Know Your Officers
It has been proven nationwide that community policing and neighborhood watchers are some of the best ways to control crime and keep neighborhoods safe. Here in the GDSD, the supplemental patrol will make community security a top priority, but the officers need your help. It is important that you and your neighbors get to know your officers. Communicate with them on a regular basis and let them know your concerns about the area so they can better serve you. Communication is the first and most important step toward neighborhood safety.
GDSD Custom Protection Supervisors:
NOPD Detail Officers:
Officers and shift duties are subject to change without public notice.
Lighting In the Neighborhood
As part of our regular scope of duties, the GDSD patrol provides a monthly report of all light outages in the area. The GDSD office then sends it to the city to put in line for repair. All in all, most of the outages have been repaired under the Public Works Department contracts or are on the list to be repaired or have a more complex problem than can be repaired at the time. In addition, we embarked on a survey of the neighborhood to determine the darkest blocks due to the omission of lights, rather than light outages. To report a light outage, please call the city’s repair line at 311.
This is where you and your neighbors can help by adding lights to the exterior of your house or by adding a street light on your block for very little cost. Attached is a list of locations where an existing pole can handle an additional light. Entergy has a program which allows anyone to order a light to be installed for free, and a nominal monthly fee ($15 – $40). It is a quick process. The light can be installed within a few days and billed through your current Entergy bill. If the light breaks, Entergy will fix it at no charge to you as the light belongs to them, not the city.
Please review the list below and consider lighting up your block to benefit your family and your neighbors, please call Entergy at 1-866-603-0192 to get started.And please let us know when the light is installed so we can monitor the changes on the list. We appreciate your assistance in making our neighborhood a safe place to live.
Dark Locations in the Garden District
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Though every effort was made to compile an accurate list of potential lighting