St. Landry Parish residents encouraged to join Neighborhood Watch efforts

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St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz is concerned people will try and take the law into their own hands without know what their rights are.

Sheriff Guidroz says he’s injected himself into the Neighborhood Watch Program to help residents properly plan and provide for their own safety.  

The sheriff regularly sends emails to all members about suspected crime activity reported in their neighborhood. “I’m pinpointing the areas of concern right now and the neighborhood watch groups help us to do that,” Sheriff Guidlroz stated.

Guidroz wants to see more residents in Neighborhood Watch. He says people are frustrated and need to be informed about their rights. “I don’t want to have to go the scene of an incident where we are going to place the homeowner under arrest; because they didn’t know what their rights are.”

The sheriff says there are about five to six watch groups throughout the parish. “If you think you have a right to shoot somebody because they’re breaking into your tool shed, think again.”

Karleen Bishop lives in an area seeing a lot of attempted break-ins lately.  Bishop talks about one of her encounters. “What are you all doing out here? We’ll we’re just hanging out.  He said you go hang somewhere else,” Bishop explained
    
She says in 2016 she had an armed robber trying to get into her home.  She says since ramping-up Neighborhood Watch she sleeps better and feels safer.

“We’re determined that we were not going to become a victim and we’re determined that we were not going let our neighborhood be destroyed,” Bishop said.

“Somebody is going to get hurt that doesn’t need to get hurt,” the sheriff added.

If you want to start a neighborhood watch group in your community, call the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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