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Armed Citizen Neighborhood Watch Proposed in Valley City

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An armed citizens neighborhood watch might sound intense, but it's an item that was brought up at Monday night's city commission meeting in Valley City.
The man behind the proposal says he knows it may not be the answer to addressing recent crime in town, but at least it gets people's attention.

"We need to be aware that crime is taking place in this small town," says Bob Drake, Valley City Resident.

At noon time in Valley City, cars fill the towns main street.

But Robert Drake says it's what's happening at night, that fills him with grief.

"6 churches were broken into and 11 fights in one weekend. That's not a good thing, we need to do something," says Drake.

It's a fact that crime is going up in Valley City, but Drake says police aren't doing enough to stop it.

"A lot of friends of mine have concealed carry permits and we could have an armed citizens watch because we carry them. Is that needed? No, but something needs to be done," says Drake.

"It's always been my plan to have a neighborhood watch in Valley City," says Chief Fred Thompson of the Valley City Police Department.

Chief Fred Thompson says 'yes' to a neighborhood watch but should they be armed, 'no'.

"If someone sees a problem they need to give us a call," says Chief Thompson.

Thompson says the force is 2 officers short now but they are working to get those positions filled.

"The state is growing. There's been more activity and natural course of things, there will be increase in crime," says Thompson.

Drake says all he can hope for is that something changes, for the safety of those in this small town.

"Something is not right and we need to find out who is responsible," says Drake.

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