Bethel residents speak out against homeless trespassers

Residents tell KEZI 9 News homeless people in the area have stolen their things and trespassed on their properties.

Posted: Sep 4, 2019 7:01 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2019 6:34 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Residents in the Bethel area continue to speak out about the problems brought about by homeless people getting on their properties.

Brent Mitchell lives on Berntzen Road across the street from Petersen Park. He said he and his neighbors have been dealing with trespassers and homeless people stealing items for years.

RELATED: RESIDENTS UPSET OVER HOMELESS PRESENCE ON THEIR PROPERTIES

Mitchell said they started a neighborhood watch program recently. He said while that's helped, it hasn't solved all their problems.

"I'm trying to teach my grandson and my dad taught me you respect other people and their property," Mitchell said. "I don't want to bring them harm or anything, but I don't really know how to combat the problem."

One man who lives on the same street said a number of years ago he had to call police after he found a homeless man in his home taking a shower. He said vagrants continue to get on his property and steal items, and he's fed up with the issue and is getting ready to move.

KEZI 9 News reached out to Mayor Lucy Vinis to find out what she makes of the problems Bethel homeowners describe and find out more about what she and the city are doing to address homelessness in Eugene. But we were told by city staff that she was to busy to speak with us on Wednesday.

Eugene police said there are some things property owners can do to stop trespassers, including posting no trespassing signs on their properties and filing a Trespass Letter of Consent with them so they can take action when the property owners are not around.

Police said with more funding, they are also hiring more officers so they can respond to non-emergency calls more quickly.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 10605

Reported Deaths: 220
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah258070
Marion168350
Washington164520
Clackamas87725
Umatilla7926
Union3611
Lincoln3464
Lane2433
Malheur2231
Deschutes2210
Polk16612
Linn15710
Yamhill1559
Jackson1520
Jefferson1360
Klamath1311
Morrow1091
Benton975
Hood River970
Wasco961
Josephine591
Clatsop540
Douglas540
Coos460
Columbia440
Lake220
Tillamook150
Crook140
Wallowa110
Curry80
Baker50
Sherman30
Gilliam10
Grant10
Harney10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Broken Clouds
58° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 58°
Corvallis
Overcast
58° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 58°
Roseburg
Overcast
60° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 60°
North Bend
Overcast
59° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 59°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events