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Residents vs. Homeowners Association concerning safety

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There's only so much these walls can do to protect those who live at Oaks of Inwood just off TC Jester near Little York.

John Broussard says, "I moved here because of our security...and I want to keep it that way."

Seven years ago residents says their homeowners association in the subdivision hired deputy constables from Precinct 1 to patrol their community.

It's an area containing 220 homes with well manicured lawns. They also say there's a low crime rate inside the walls...but Oaks of Inwood is surrounded by a high crime area.

Residents say they fear they could lose their peace of mind if they terminate their contract with the constable's office...A decision that could be made this week.

Mike Alexander has lived in the neighborhood for 15 years. He says, "there is a possibility that there are people here who want to get rid of the constables and replace it with private security or have nothing at all."

That's why Alexander and other neighbors launched a campaign with yard signs. They want to send a strong message to their HOA...they don't want to get rid of the patrols by deputies. But residents say they fear HOA board members have already made up their minds to dump the service which eats up 49% of their annual budget.

John Broussard is on the board and he takes a different position.

Broussard says, "part of the board says it's the board's decision they elected us....this is a major decision."

Residents, who don't get to vote on the future of the patrol, say they should have a say in the matter. So, far 75 signatures have been collected to keep the constables' security service.

Tom Brannon says the alternatives to deputies at Oaks of Inwood don't compare...The choices on the table include private security and beefing up home security.

"Since they are law enforcement officers they have a right to detain and arrest," says Brannon.

Alexander says this campaign to keep the deputy constables is far from over even though a vote could take place this week. He says security is what attracts and keeps residents in this neighborhood.

"There were people in the neighborhood who were very firm in their thoughts and keeping the constables...keeping our community safe," says Alexander.

Statement from HOA President Robert Dee:

There is no motion on the table to terminate our constable contract. The board of Oaks of Inwood CIA conducted a community "town hall" meeting in our clubhouse on Tuesday, June 4. Residents were encouraged to voice their opinions related to security in our neighborhood. As the board members are residents, all are interested in finding the best solution to our budget and security issues.

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