Crime down in Caddo Parish

CADDO PARISH-- - Caddo Parish crime is down a total of 7-percent.

"4 percent in property crime, and 12 percent in violent crime," says Sheriff Steve Prator, Caddo Sheriff Department.

Commissioners say having a low crime rate can help promote economic growth in Caddo Parish.

"If the crime is low and we can get the education back to where it needs to be at, then it makes it an even better place for people to come and set up their business and headquarters," says Commissioner Lyndon Johnson, Caddo Parish District 2.

Cell phone solutions is a business new to the Caddo Parish area.

They say the low crime rate is definitely a perk.

"I feel like this area is pretty safe. When I open the store or close it, I never feel unsafe or uncomfortable, or anything like that," says Matthew Guidroz, Cell Phone Solutions Store Manager.

The police presence and patrol in the area adds to his comfort.

"There's a sheriff's substation up the street and I think they do a fantastic job of keeping this area safe," says Guidroz.

Sheriff Prator says keeping Caddo Parish safe takes team effort between the community and patrol officers.

"It's the whole community. It's everything involved in it. So, we just try to be the best we can be on our little portion and stuff and respond accordingly," says Sheriff Prator.

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