New Orleans Residents Talk About Leaving City Because Of High Crime

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Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city's top priority is fighting crime, but some New Orleans residents say they're thinking of leaving town.

One man says armed burglars broke into his vehicles several times on St. Charles Avenue, prompting him to hire his own armed security guard. Within a week, two men tried to carjack the security guard, who pulled her gun and ran them off.

The head of the New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission says the violent crime rate continues to rise while the number of police officers continues to decline.

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