Vancouver neighbors fight crime with cameras

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Vancouver residents are using surveillance cameras to capture pictures of thieves, hoping the images will lead to arrests, June 24, 2016 (KOIN)
Vancouver residents are using surveillance cameras to capture pictures of thieves, hoping the images will lead to arrests, June 24, 2016 (KOIN)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — People living in Vancouver’s Burnt Bridge Creek neighborhood have seen an increase in crime recently and are taking matters into their own hands.

They are using surveillance cameras to capture pictures of the thieves, hoping the images will lead to arrests.

Neighbors say the thefts are happening in broad daylight. People are stealing bikes, children’s toys, even a car stereo system.

Vancouver residents are using surveillance cameras to capture pictures of thieves, hoping the images will lead to arrests, June 24, 2016 (KOIN)
Vancouver residents are using surveillance cameras to capture pictures of thieves, hoping the images will lead to arrests, June 24, 2016 (KOIN)

“They spent about 45 minutes going through the cars in the cul-de-sac and a utility trailer,” says neighbor Mark Derbyshire.

Tom Vernier also found his glove box ripped open and car searched.

“A car is an easy thing to get into, what’s next, our houses?”

Jessica White says neighbors have come together to compile a list of everything that’s been taken. She is frustrated police haven’t been able to make an arrest.

“It would be nice if they did a little more research on it or had a couple other neighborhood officers alerted to the activity,” she says.

Derbyshire says they aren’t giving up, and will do whatever it takes to to help police.

“Hopefully with the camera system, we’ll be able to see their faces, get good clear pictures and catch them and put them behind bars.”

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