St. Charles Herald-Guide

Free home inspections will identify areas susceptible to burglars

By Jonathan Menard - July 12, 2013

After St. Charles Parish was rocked by nine home burglaries in less than a month, the Sheriff’s Office is offering free home inspections to identify areas of a home that might make them susceptible to burglaries.

In addition, the inspectors will also check to make sure residents’ homes are not filled with fire risks or hazards that could cause someone to fall.

Capt. Pat Yoes, spokesman with the Sheriff’s Office, said he hopes the program improves services and the quality of life for senior citizens in the parish.

"Sometimes we get so comfortable with our surroundings that we don’t recognize obvious hazards and crime prevention steps," he said. "By having someone from the outside providing an objective review, recommendations can often be found to make homes safer."

Sheriff Greg Champagne said that the inspection teams will be comprised of Sheriff’s Office personnel and trained fire fighters from local fire departments.

Yoes said that the experience the inspection teams have gained over the years help them to identify potential hazards easier than someone who is not in the fields of law enforcement or fire safety.

"We will make recommendations and tips that, if implemented, should make their homes safer," Yoes said.

If you are a St. Charles Parish resident and interested in having your home inspected, contact Lt. Craig Petit or Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange at (985) 783-1355 to schedule an appointment.