Spokane neighborhood starts to consider block watch after fatal stabbing


by KREM.com & Shawn Chitnis


Posted on May 9, 2012 at 5:07 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 9 at 5:13 AM

SPOKANE-- It’s been almost a week since Sharlotte McGill was stabbed to death in broad daylight, and some neighbors remain nervous and scared.

Even so, they have yet to for a block watch program to help each other. Some residents are pushing for it, but they have a long way to go.

“I’ve tried with a couple of neighbors to see, but then with others there’s not really much of a response,” neighbor John Renshaw said.

That’s been the challenge for people living near the trail along the Spokane River, where McGill was attacked.

“It’s just a sense of loss, both for the person that passed away and also kind of a loss for our community, in terms of general perceived safety,” Renshaw said.

While some have made an effort in the past to work with each other, they admit more needs to be done. Days after the attack, neighbors said they may finally have enough interest in starting a block watch.

Coordinators of the county’s neighborhood watch program said it’s no surprise that communities like this struggle to organize.

“In the past, we used to communicate with our neighbors all the time. Today, we’re really reluctant to reach out,” coordinator Simone Ramel said.

Neighbors along the trail said they do plan to reach out to the county to help them start a block watch.