EUREKA, ca. (KIEM) – In the last several years, there has been an increase in neighborhood watch groups.
In 2014 Prop 47 passed, which reduces numerous felonies to misdemeanors including grand theft property of under $950 and various drug use.
While violent crime has gone down, property crime has spiked. Making an increase need for neighborhood watch groups.
Ginger Campbell, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, says “Everybody is affected now.” She also adds “They’re afraid and they want to keep their families safe. It’s very invasive to have to come home and find somebody broken into your house or into your car. People call us and ask what can we do?”
Putting together a neighborhood watch group helps to keep the community safer and creates more awareness in the neighborhood.
Law enforcement also supports neighborhood watch groups.
With the community involvement, neighborhoods are kept safer and more united neighborhood.
If you’re interested in starting your own neighborhood watch group, you’re encouraged to contact your local law enforcement.