The page is called ‘To Catch a Thief’ and creator, Carol Dickson, says she started it after someone stole her friend’s property. The page started out with only a few members and has grown to over a thousand. Dickson wanted the page to be a resource for Illinois Valley residents but it has expanded to members across the county. Members are posting comments about stolen vehicles to suspicious activity.
“You know we’re not going to stop crime, but criminals do not like the spotlight on them and when they know that a neighborhood is active and watching, and we’re out there, they’ll go somewhere else,” says Dickson.
O’Brien residents are also forming neighborhood watch groups and has asked county officials for some help. Josephine County board chair, Simon Hare, says the county could possibly donate some unused sheriff deputy cars to the group.