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Selah Neighbors Ban Together To Create Block Watch

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SELAH, Wash-- Most people move to Selah thinking it's a nice, quite, peaceful neighborhood. However, some neighbors here on East Bartlett Avenue said its no longer safe.

Several women on the block moved to Selah from other parts of the Yakima Valley, considering it safe for their children. One mother who lives on Bartlett didn't want to go on camera, for fear of retaliation. She's considering moving her family.

"I just don't think it's safe, it's not worth it at all. But, we've been back and forth on it. I don't let my kids play outside anymore especially after what happened last week," she said.

She's talking about a recent shooting where gun fire was exchanged by two cars traveling on Bartlett but, that's not the first of this neighborhoods problems. Sharon Schreiber has been involved with the neighborhood watch since 2006.

"We put it together because we were seeing graffiti and lots of problems with the neighborhood. And we really didn't like that," said Schreiber.

Now neighbors call the Selah Police Department when suspicious activity occurs. One problem they've had recently is underage drinking and loud parties. Not everything warrants a call to the police but, watch members are still keeping track. If a suspicious vehicle is in the neighborhood, people take down the license plate number.

"So we can keep documented records of it in case there's something going on later," said Schreiber.

Only part of the houses participate in the block watch, but Sharon believes their efforts have helped reduce crime on her street.

"I think it's helped quite a bit to keep track of people who shouldn't be here that kind of thing, I think the amount of traffic we've seen as far as unknown vehicles has dropped considerably," said Schreiber.

The Selah Police Department has been very helpful in this block watch. If you are interested in starting a block watch in your neighborhood contact your local police department.