(13 On Your Side) – Yuma's
murder rate for the first six months of this year is already on pace to beat
last year's numbers.
According to a report published in
the Yuma sun,
so far there have been five murders reported within City Limits.
Yuma police reported six homicides
throughout all of last year. The City's all-time high was marked in 2005, with
10 reported murders.
The Yuma Sun's crime report,
obtained by the FBI, also shows a rise in drug activity, graffiti, armed
robberies and burglaries lately.
in one Yuma neighborhood
are circulating a petition in response to this spike in crime. They are
collecting signatures to call on police to increase officers to patrol
neighborhoods every 15 to 30 minutes.
One man says people can do more to self-police their community.
tells 13 On Your Side he did not sign the petition, even though he too is a
victim of crime.
White, who is a resident of Kenyon Mobile
in Yuma, says
his neighborhood has been the target of several burglaries, including his own
Thieves broke in last September in
the evening when he wasn't home. "They stole my TV, my laptop and my
controller," he tells 13 On Your Side.
In April, a concerned resident began
circulating a petition, collecting hundreds of signatures from business owners
and residents living near Avenue B and 16th Street.
They want police to listen to their
demands, to patrol their neighborhood every 15-30 minutes.
White admits it would be nice for
officers to have a bigger presence in their area, but he says it is unrealistic
because police can only be in so many places at one time.
"There are too many people looking
for the government to take care of them. I don't think it's necessary. They
need to learn to take care of themselves like the old times," White said.
He adds that people who are
concerned should install alarm systems in their homes, or find ways to protect
"Don't Mess with me- I got a big
gun!" he adds.
13 On Your Side did reach out to Yuma police to find out
more about this recent crime wave. They did not return out call before our
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