CRESWELL, Ore. — A recent rash of burglaries has led a neighbor to create a new neighborhood watch program.
About 8 to 10 burglaries have been reported in Creswell in both the city and the outskirts over that past few weeks. The burglaries were violent, as far as kicking doors down and taking large amounts of property, valuables and even guns.
Old neighborhood watch signs line streets, but the crime prevention program has been re-energized online.
Fed up with crime, neighbor Omar Bowles turned to Facebook and created the Creswell Neighborhood Watch.
It’s been gaining “likes”; but more importantly, it’s getting information out.
Users share suspicious activity, describing suspects to be on the lookout for and also watching homes of residents at work during the day.
“So that’s the biggest thing we want to do is deter crime by letting people know that we are here,” Bowles said.
Residents have been uniting.
“We are a close knit community here. We don’t need this in our neighborhood and the message needs to get out to people that are doing it, take it somewhere else,” Bowles said.