Chateau du Lac officials look to improve safety for residents

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Apartment officials with Chateau du Lac plan to pursue improving safety for residents through a personal security seminar in the coming weeks.

This attempt to improve security comes after an elderly resident was attacked while bringing groceries in her own apartment last week.

The Lake Charles Housing Authority told 7News that they do plan to place more security cameras in the hallways and wings of the Chateau du Lac building.

According to a recent crime report, the Lake Charles Police Department has responded to 21 complaints at Chateau du Lac within the last year.

"Out of the 21 crimes, three of those are what we would consider violent," said Sgt. Mark Kraus with the Lake Charles Police Department.

The three violent cases include the incident involving 78 year-old Jean Lee who was attacked in her own home last week.

Kraus said the other two violent crimes were aggravated assault cases.

"What that means was a weapon was presented and somebody was struck or attempted to be struck by that weapon," said Kraus.

While Kraus said the amount of complaints is rather minor, he does feel these cases should not be taken lightly.

"I don't want the residents or the viewing public to think that 21 times is not a lot," said Kraus. "One time for police to show up at your residence is a lot."

Kraus said Lake Charles Police plan to help out by heightening attention in the area surrounding the Chateau du Lac.

"It's our obligation and the community's obligation to rally around the elderly people that we feel are the most vulnerable in our society," said Kraus.

Chateau du Lac's personal security seminar is expected to begin sometime in August.

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