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Yakima County Block Watch is Reducing Tagging and Burglaries

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YAKIMA, Wash.- With recent activity like shootings, tagging and burglarizing, more residents are getting involved in protecting their communities.

The Yakima County Block Watch group is made up of hundreds of people from Gleed down to the Lower Valley, and the group is just getting bigger. Block Watch works with Yakima Sheriff deputies and police officers to help catch people committing crimes. They've been extremely successful in reducing the amount of tagging and the number of homes that are burglarized. This month alone, they've assisted in at least three arrests. 

"Being eyes and ears for police is detrimental because there's so much crime and with eyes and ears out there we can catch these people," said Mark McAllister, a Block Watch captain.

Block Watch has albums of all the crimes they've witnessed and all the arrests they've assisted in. Yakima Sheriff deputies say having a neighbor watching out for your safety is always important.