BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A new camera initiative for local businesses announced by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) and the Baton Rouge Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Foundation Tuesday aims to fight crime in select areas.
The Page/Rice Camera Initiative, named after two gun violence victims, will be providing crime cameras to chosen homes and businesses at no cost, according to its website. The initiative invites private donations to buy more cameras.
To request a camera, visit brcollab.com/pagerice.
A map on the website shows highlighted areas of places where cameras can be installed.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said the initiative is an example of the community coming together to decrease violent crime.
“This is an example of how we have to continue to do more work to build confidence so that people can come forward,” said Paul.
The initiative is named after Allie Rice, a 21-year-old LSU student from Geismar who was found shot to death inside her vehicle on Government Street this September. A suspect has not been arrested in her murder. A reward for a Crime Stoppers tip leading to the arrest and indictment of a suspect went up to $55,000.
“Page” in the crime initiative’s name is in memory of three-year-old Devin Page Jr. The toddler was killed by a stray bullet while lying in bed in April of this year. Police said the shooting took place on Fairfields Avenue.
Anyone with information on these shootings is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.