YAKIMA, Wash.-- Gang incidents have people in Yakima County signing up for blockwatch programs. Neighbors want to stop graffiti, break ins, and car-prowls before criminals even get to their neighborhoods. We're told more than a dozen blockwatch programs are now based in the Yakima area as neighbors take back their streets before gang members strike.
"We feel pretty safe where we live and I think it's because of those types of programs that we feel as safe as we do," said Hal Larsen, whose sister is a block captain in Terrace Heights.
Despite the success, YSO deputies tell us they're always interested in setting up additional blockwatch programs. To find out more, give the sheriff's office a call.
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