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Yakima PD encourages more block watch groups

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YAKIMA, WA - Neighborly help can always come in handy, and part of that help can even come from a block watch group. 

As National Night Out approaches, the police department encourages community members to get involved and begin a block watch group in their neighborhood.

The meetings take place on the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m., just in front of the Yakima Police Department.

Today's meeting is the last one before National Night Out on August 7, and the department encourages community members to come and hopefully start a group because they feel it creates a safe and connected community.

"When you get to know the people that live in your neighborhood, you're going to watch out for them," said Mike Bastinelli with the Yakima Police Department. "That's the name 'neighborhood watch.' It really says it in its name that we're neighbors and we're going to watch out for each other."

The police department says that there aren't as many block watch groups as there once was, and that they would like to see the number of groups grow in the City.

Once again, the meeting begins at 6 p.m. for those of you interested, and it takes place in front of the Yakima Police Department on the corner of Walnut and 3rd Street every second Monday of the month.

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