Outside New Orleans, cities stem crime on their own


Kris Axtman, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
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HOUSTON- The National Guard, called to help the Big Easy this week, isn't needed in other cities with evacuees, police say.

As hundreds of National Guardsmen roll into New Orleans to help stem the violence in that hurricane- ravaged city, other cities with large populations of evacuees are managing to control crime without the use of the military.

Some, such as Baton Rouge, La., have beefed up police patrols and have seen a slight decline in violent crime. But in Houston, which received the most Gulf Coast refugees, the jury is still out.

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