Gene Myers, who is a Neighborhood Watch coordinator, along with his wife Phyllis, said the safety program started a few months ago when residents of the mobile home park held a yard sale; petty theft followed shortly after.
The residents surmised that it was someone who came to the yard sale and searched the park to see what they could pilfer from unsuspecting citizens.
It has taken a couple of months for Neighborhood Watch to be fully formed, but now has 10 captains on board, keeping an eye on the 101 homes in the local park at 250 E. Las Palmas Ave. to combat theft.
“It has escalated to breaking into people’s sheds and stealing,” Myers said recently. “It’s getting so prevalent we have to do something about it.”
Myers, and the neighborhood captains who are in charge of various sections of the park, keep an eye on things to keep residents and their possessions safe.
“We’re trying to get it out there we are watching,” Myers said. “You may get away with it one time.”
The vigilant volunteers in the Neighborhood Watch program want to do a good job for the park and its residents and are working on purchasing cameras to put up throughout the property through fundraisers and soliciting donations.
Park residents also plan to meet with local law enforcement.
“We’re going to have a meeting with the police and looking forward to having them meet with us,” Myers said. “We are in the baby stage right now.”
Pandora Armbruster, Las Palmas Mobile Estates manager, said Myers, who moved to a park a few years ago, is an ‘awesome’ addition to the park.
“He is awesome — Gene is totally an asset to the park,” Armbruster said. “The whole family is. They have integrated into Patterson. All of our seniors here in Patterson have benefited greatly from the Myers family.”
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