April 1, 2023


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Car vandalism a growing problem in French Quarter as citizens demand the city take action


One resident believed more than 30 busted windows alongside the French Quarter.

NEW ORLEANS — In his 6 many years driving for Uber in New Orleans, John Gualtieri claimed he’s seen a whole lot of crime.

“I’ve witnessed it obtaining really lousy in these earlier pair of a long time,” Gualtieri reported.

After dropping a passenger off in the French Quarter past 7 days, something caught his eye in a parking ton on N. Peters Avenue.

“I had recognized there was a window missing on a single of the autos in there,” Gualtieri explained.

He then understood there were much more, and far more, and a lot more.  

“You go by these lots and there is shattered glass like just about everywhere,” Gualtieri stated. “You can see the sparkle of the glass in the large amount.”

By the time he was performed driving all around early Tuesday early morning, he estimates much more than 30 busted home windows together streets and in parking a lot all more than the French Quarter.

Some had been premium parking plenty operated by a nationwide enterprise that was unreachable Tuesday.

“People are having to pay superior funds to park in these parking places and there is no stability. They have cameras but they really do not use them to capture any individual,” Gualtieri reported.

Claire Jett and her daughter parked in one of those plenty Tuesday.

“Even even though I’m spending premium greenback I truly really do not feel like I am safer than if I just parked out on the street,” Jett claimed. “I just sense like the only rationale we park here is due to the fact it is certain parking.”

Residing in the town Jett knows how significantly of a dilemma motor vehicle crack-ins are.

“When we do have buddies that occur visit, it is a thing that we undoubtedly alert them about and to be watchful,” Jett stated.

Documenting all the split-ins, Gualtieri posts results on social media.

He claimed he will get a whole lot of on line responses, but the reaction he wants to see is from the city.

“New Orleans is a good city. New Orleans has prospective to be an even greater town and when you adore a thing you hold it accountable,” Gualtieri explained.

Eyewitness News reached out to NOPD about these break-ins.

The section was operating to provide details but was unable to full the ask for as of Tuesday evening.

Police often recommend to never ever go away something in simple sight within your car to make it a concentrate on and never ever go away a weapon inside your auto.


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