LAFAYETTE, LA (NBC33) — The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office has partnered with a group of business owners in Marcon Industrial Park to institute a service similar to the residential Neighborhood Watch program.
Through the new Business Watch program, employees from area businesses will keep an eye out for any suspicious activity and report it following protocols similar to those used by residential groups. For example, “block captains” will communicate via email to other businesses and law enforcement authorities anything that is authorized to occur after hours as well as any suspicious items or activity.
Before this program started, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Community Services Unit conducted a complete threat assessment and noted that the entire industrial park was without any street lighting. The LPSO Community Services Unit then contacted Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, the electric supplier for the industrial park, and new street lights were installed today to provide lighting along the street and business frontages. This new lighting will allow passing motorists and law enforcement personnel to identify suspicious persons and or vehicles that otherwise may have lurked in the darkness.
In addition to the new lighting at Marcon Industrial Park, other improvements are underway such as improved landscaping, installation of surveillance cameras, and individual business exterior lighting. LPSO will maintain a database of where the surveillance cameras are installed to aid in future investigations.
This effort is a huge step toward providing better law enforcement services to this area, one that has been targeted by thieves in the past.