Claremont Insider: Neighborhood Crime Watch

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Neighborhood Crime Watch

A Claremont neighborhood that has had a rash of burglaries is trying to fight back through a Neighborhood Watch program, the Daily Bulletin reports:

CLAREMONT - More than 300 homeowners have been invited to attend a barbecue to revitalize a Neighborhood Watch program after several home and car burglaries in the area.

"We are very eager to get some publicity to get the bad guys out," said Betty Crocker, a co-organizer of the event with Bruce Mayclin and Joe O'Toole.

The barbecue is scheduled to take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday on Villa Maria Road/Sage Street. The street will be closed from Diablo to Mount Carmel drives.

"What we're doing is we took north of Base Line and everything in between Indian Hill and Mountain Avenue as our domain," Crocker said. "It's a very peaceful feeling to rely on your neighbors when you need them."

In July, Crocker took part in a block party where neighbors discussed burglaries.

"Eight of us had our cars broken into in the middle of the night ... it was beyond irritating," Crocker said.