After concerns with increased crime and visible drug activity in her neighborhood, Oakdale resident Leslie Benavides is recommencing the Neighborhood Watch group that had once been active in her area.
“We want to pick up where we left off,” Benavides said. “When the neighborhood watch is functioning, the criminal activity pretty much stops.”
Benavides hopes to get residents who live in the area between South Third Avenue to the High School and between J Street to F Street to attend a meeting at the Bianchi Community Center on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The purpose of the group and meeting would be to establish safer streets by working proactively with the police and other neighbors in the area. The goal is to reduce gang activity, thefts, drugs and other criminal activity in the neighborhood.
“I have open drug activity on the street I live on and a “druggie crash pad” on the street I live on,” Benavides said, adding that the homeless-transient problem at Myer Park was also an issue. “I hope those interested join us to become a stronger, more assertive, and caring community.”