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From The AP:

Neighbors Twitter, blog to keep criminals at bay
By Meghan Barr | Photo by Paul Vernon

Cruise down the tree-lined streets of the Old Oaks neighborhood on a summer evening and know this: Someone is watching you.

It might be Richard Vickers, who records your license plate number in a notebook as he retrieves gun shell casings from the sidewalk while out on his nightly walk. Or it might be Doug Motz, who alerts via text message: “Watch out for the green van lurking in the alley.”

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  • good for them but i would have kept the names out of the article. thats exactly how i would want to live my life, always on the watch…..

  • mstimple

    Where is old oaks?

  • Livingston and wilson area. i would just be concerned for may safety as a block watch member in that neighborhood or anyone that has serious crime and a gang problem. all it takes is to piss off the wrong one or have to testify in court. gangs are a very serious and real threat and are not to be taken lightly. im just not a fan of putting myself out there like that. i know pretty much for a fact that if i were doing this in my neighborhood i would have been assulted, shot or burned alive in my home by now. good luck over there guys and ya got some real balls!

  • somertimeoh

    Richard is one of my good friend’s stepdads.  He’s awesome.  And he used to be a public defender (I’m assuming he’s retired now) so criminals wouldn’t scare him.  He might scare them, I wouldn’t mess with him.  Also, he speaks German and I think he’s pretty funny :)

  • Speaking German usually scares people.

    Kudos to these folks. If everyone were so afraid of retribution that they didn’t act, it would be a sad world.

  • somertimeoh

    joev, you gotta get out more!

  • I thought the approach was interesting. It seems like if law enforcement were better tied into the effort it would have more impact. CPD having better communication with the community via social media couldn’t hurt when they need to hit us up again soon for tax increases to support the force.

  • SusanB

    Olde Oaks is an unusual area, which is why this approach works. It is extremely small and unusual in the sense that it was an upper/middle class black neighborhood whose inhabitants did not flee to the suburbs and it welcomed the influx of white and/or gay newbies that arrived in the late 90’s. There were some serious problems at one point and someone very active in that community was assaulted over it but held his ground and received tremendous support from his community and the CPD. They are also an Historical Neighborhood, which helps them fight slumlords and other low income housing bullshit.

  • joev Says:
    August 12th, 2009 at 10:17 am
    Kudos to these folks. If everyone were so afraid of retribution that they didn’t act, it would be a sad world.

    if the realm of retribution is assault or murder damn right i wouldn’t act. the only time i call the police is when i hear gunfire or someone is yelling for help. other than that i keep my nose out of it and guess what they keep there noses out of my shit. it works both ways around here. i could call the police every time someone is smoking crack behind the building or i witness drug dealing but i know that it will only bring on problems that i dont need. sure ive done my share of chasing people off and what not but i pick my battles. now that the wrecking ball has moved in i really dont give a shit, go ahead sell drugs and shoot eachother. by this time next year its all flelds baby…

  • Here’s a map of Old Oaks. Kudos to the block watch and if being designated as a historical district helps keep out slumlords, why hasn’t the city jumped on applying this to many more older inner-city neighborhoods?

  • SusanB

    The city hasn’t jumped on applying Historical Status to other areas precisely because it makes the new construction of low income housing (as by CHP, Homes on the Hill, etc. ) too expensive and the city funds that housing (your tax dollars at work).

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