Klamath Falls, Ore. - A Facebook page in Klamath Falls is helping to rekindle community interest in crime prevention...and the group now has over 2000 followers.
Patti McMann has been moderating the 'Klamath Community Watch' page for nearly a year.
The group attracted mainstream media attention when members began reporting acts of animal mutilation...
"It's something that needed to be out there." Notes McMann. And there needs to be some focus on this, because that's a horrible act."
The group has also helped to recruit new members for neighborhood watch groups. Sergeant Morrie Smith of the Klamath Falls Police Department likes that...
"They actually can assist us with possible location of anywhere from suspects, to stolen property, drug houses, etc."
McMann says moderating the page isn't without its headaches...
"Oh, some of the challenges...Sometimes, when a tragedy breaks out, they argue and fight."
But, the page has also helped to unite people during emergencies, like the recent fire in Sprague River.
"The community just got together, and donated, and helped everybody." Notes McMann. "It was just awesome."
McMann hopes the group will continue to expand.
Members have also been using the group to give warnings about possible scams, and to report stolen items.
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