Sheriff, neighbors discuss stopping crime in Mead

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 8:40 AM

MEAD, Wash. -- Some residents in Mead say crime is getting out of control in their neighborhood.   About 60 people came out to Farwell Elementary Thursday night to voice their concerns with Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.

One of them, Rachel Green, said she feels like her home near Market Street has a welcome mat outside the front door that reads ‘criminals welcome inside.’

“It's really frustrating,” Green said.  “I have to keep replacing things, [like] replacing a lawn mower four times.  Basically, if they're not going to do anything, we'll do it ourselves.”

In the past five months, her house has been broken into five times and thieves siphoned gas from her car and have stolen her car battery on multiple occasions
       
“Taking batteries once a month for four months gets a little expensive,” said Green.
   
The Mead residents packed in Farwell Elementary Thursday identified the Mead Royale mobile home park as a problem area.

Sheriff Knezovich told the crowd he is doing all he can to stop crime in the area, but with less man power and overcrowded jails, arresting the criminals is sometimes out of the question.  He also said the key to stopping crime with fewer resources is for citizens to do more.
   
“It is if you want your community to be safe,” said Knezovich.  “Work with us and we'll make it safe.”
   
But Rachel Green said she's done all she can and she does not want to put her life in danger.
   
“There is an abandoned property at the end of Wilson Street where a bunch of old equipment is and they go in there and I don't want to follow them too close because I don't want to get shot at,” said Green.

Sheriff Knezovich said he has beefed up patrols and stopped much of the crime in the area.  The department is also focusing their efforts on a new hot spot near the “Y” and Highway 395.

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