French Quarter residents, business owners encouraged to keep lights on at night to deter crime

(Photo: Burgundy and St. Ann streets. | Gary J. Wood | CC Flickr)
Residents and business owners in the French Quarter are asked to keep their lights on a night throughout the neighborhood in an effort to deter or prevent crime.

Officials from the French Quarter Management and Downtown Development districts have partnered to launch a campaign to keep lights on a night between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. to deter or prevent violent crimes, according to an announcement on Friday.

The campaign was launched amid what officials said is a recent uptick shootings, assaults and robberies in the French Quarter and the downtown area, and can be reduced by keeping lights on at night.

Business owners and residents are asked to use LED bulbs, timers and solar-powered lights to reduce costs.

Non-emergency crime incidents in the French Quarter can be reported via the French Quarter Task Force app. Non-emergency crime incidents in downtown can be reported by calling the DDD Safety Team at 504-415-1730.

For more information, visit the French Quarter Management District at fqmd.org.