Local residents react to increasing crime activity

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Local residents react to increasing crime activity

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YUMA, Ariz. (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.

Residents 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.

Jim White 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 Home Park in Yuma, says his neighborhood has been the target of several burglaries, including his own home.

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 themselves.

"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 deadline.       

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