Yakima block watch captains finding it harder to recruit members

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima neighbors are working together to keep criminals out. There are about a dozen block watches groups in the city, however captains are finding it harder to recruit members.

After daily walks around the neighborhood, KC Weber has made a name for himself.

"I went door to door saying, 'Hey, how is it going? My name is so and so,'" said KC.

KC sees it all as a block watch captain in Northeast Yakima. A string of break-ins sent KC looking for answers and help. He knows police can only do so much and wants other neighbors to help keep an eye out for trouble.

"At least one time, stand up for yourself, your community or at least just your neighborhood or neighbor and say I'm tired of taking this crap," said KC.

Yakima police say an active block watch can cut burglaries by 50%. They also suggest using an online program called 'Crime Reports' to track crime near you.

But, if you log on to crime reports now, you'd think Yakima is crime free. The site is only showing sex offenders.

I learned Crime Reports has been essentially useless for three weeks now. YPD says it contacted the company, but there's no word when the site will be working. Crime Reports did not return out calls.