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Neighborhood Watches Do Work... If You Communicate

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After a rash of shootings in the San Fernando Valley that left eight injured and two dead within four hours on Tuesday night, the Daily News mentions that Councilman Richard Alarcon and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who represent parts of the East Valley, "are doubling efforts to build Neighborhood Watch programs."

In Greuel's district, many watch programs have been forming over the last year. Last Friday night, a group of residents in East Sherman Oaks gathered at one neighbor's yard to meet with the LAPD Senior Lead Officer for the area to discuss the recent crime activity and to reactive the watch. When the officer asked how many people had their car broken into during the time they lived there, most of the 40 or so attendees raised their hands.