This ran yesterday in The Argus/Oakland Tribune/Daily Review:
NEWARK — Tri-City residents fed up with home burglaries have fought back by partnering with law enforcement agencies, employing a mix of Neighborhood Watch groups and teams of police volunteers, sometimes using upgraded technology to catch criminals.
It’s hard to argue with the results, as burglary rates are down throughout southern Alameda County this year, police agencies say.
Fremont burglaries decreased 20 percent between 2012 and last year, and Union City’s rate dipped by 3 percent. Newark enjoyed the steepest drop, 41 percent.
The city of around 42,500 people has succeeded in attacking the crime from several sides, said Tim Jones, a member of Newark police’s community engagement team. “It’s not one singular thing that has done it,” he said. “It’s been about people working more in unison with police.”
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