New Orleans CEO moving business over rampant crime: ‘Time for me to protect my people’
A New Orleans business owner is moving his company to another state due to the city’s rising crime rates. George Baskerville, CEO of GWB Industries, recently announced that he will be relocating the company to Mississippi in response to the rampant crime in New Orleans.
Baskerville, who has lived in New Orleans for over 30 years, cited the city’s high murder rate, carjackings, and other violent crimes as the main reasons for his decision. He also expressed frustration with the lack of action from city officials in addressing the problem.
“I’m just fed up with the crime,” Baskerville told local media. “It’s time for me to protect my people, my employees, and my business.”
According to the New Orleans Police Department, the city saw a 61% increase in murders and a 30% increase in carjackings in 2021 compared to the previous year. The city’s crime rate has been a longstanding issue, with New Orleans consistently ranking among the top 10 most dangerous cities in the United States.
Baskerville’s decision to relocate his business is just one example of the impact that crime is having on the city’s economy. Many other business owners have expressed similar concerns and have been forced to take extra security measures to protect themselves and their employees.
City officials have acknowledged the issue and have pledged to address the problem. Mayor LaToya Cantrell recently unveiled a new $70 million plan to address violent crime, which includes hiring additional police officers and investing in community-based initiatives.
However, some critics argue that more needs to be done to address the root causes of crime, such as poverty, lack of education, and mental health issues.
As for Baskerville, he says that he is sad to leave New Orleans but believes that it is the right decision for his business and his employees.
“I love New Orleans, and it’s a great city, but the crime is just out of control,” he said. “I hope that things will improve, but I can’t risk the safety of my people anymore.”