Shreveport police fight crime by pedal

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 3:40pm

Shreveport police are taking to a covert method to keep our neighborhoods safe by getting on their bikes.

Residents in Shreveport's Queensborough neighborhood are fed up with crime.  Over the past month alone, there have been over fifteen residential burglaries, so police are taking it to the pedal.

"We've decided to bring our bicycles out, be a little more covert," said Cpl. Angie Willhite of the Shreveport Police Mounted Patrol.  Using this method, officers have ticketed several offenders and taken several juvenile truants into custody.  "A lot of times your truants are responsible for your burglaries," said Cpl. Willhite.

Police spent part of the week in the Queensborough neighborhood specifically because the crime trend of residential burglaries was on the rise.  Their main concern, though, is giving the people who live in the neighborhood a sense of peace and safety.

Cpl. Willhite told us they will continue to patrol neighborhoods on bicycle throughout the summer.  "We'll shift it and modify it to address crime trends," she explained.  "We may not always be in Queensborough.  We may be in some other part of the city."
 

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