By Max Erikson

Box Canyon residents join to form crime watch


January 17, 2018

After a string of break-ins and burglaries in the Box Canyon area, northeast of Goldendale, community members living in the area have joined together to form a community crime watch organization to better protect their neighborhoods from future criminal activity.

A meeting on Jan. 11 brought out committed neighbors to participate in the gathering, with Klickitat County Sheriff’s Department officers in attendance, to discuss what can be done and to receive guidance from the county to get a better understanding of how the group can operate.

Box Canyon Community Crime Watch was recently formed because of the many home invasions—that have been on the rise—in the area. After the recent capture of two suspects linked to December break-ins, it prompted the community to take action.

Approximately 100 community members have actively joined the Box Canyon Community Crime Watch, and one member speaking on condition of anonymity hopes that this action taken by the community will help prevent further crime in the area.

“We hope we can be a deterrent to would be thieves,” the member says. “We want to set up cameras, keep tabs on suspicious activity, and become a vigilant community watch group.”

The community member says the sheriff’s department has done a great job so far and is hopeful they can work well together.

“We want the county to be able to give us some guidelines and legal guidance on how we can run a community crime watch,” the member says. “We need to have some discipline with our group and know what our legal boundaries are.”


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