In an online study conducted by Only in Your State, the Calcasieu Parish town of DeQuincy was named the safest place to live in Louisiana. DeQuincy Mayor Lawrence Henagan says he is happy that his town of nearly 3,200 residents is a place with no violent crimes.
"I'm proud of the police department for doing a good job and the work they do," Henagan said. "They're very dedicated."
The study took statistics from the FBI crime reports in 2013 to rank the top 11 safest places to live in Louisiana. The statistics reported that DeQuincy had the highest population in the state with zero violent crimes. Mayor Henagan also credits the residents for this success.
"I think it's a combination: good police work, but just good people living here," Henagan said.
Blanchard, Golden Meadow, Berwick and Haughton round out the top five in the online list of safest cities in the state. Henagan says that extra patrols at night help contribute to the safety of the people in the town on a larger scale.
"Good law-abiding citizens shouldn't have to worry about what's going on outside their house at night," he said.