The old saw that when seconds count a cop is only minutes away has never been truer than now, as cash-strapped cities cut back their police presence.
To combat crime, neighborhoods in Oakland, Calif., Atlanta and Detroit, to name just a few, have hired private firms to patrol their neighborhoods. But residents of Clackamas County, Ore., are an independent lot. They think they have a better way.
Frustrated by an increase in petty crime, they’ve decided to forgo calling police and have taken to arming themselves. But so criminals won’t be surprised, they’ve put flyers out advertising their new policy.
“We’re starting a new group,” Coy Toloman told The Daily Mail. “We don’t feel neighborhood watch is sufficient, and we don’t feel the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is sufficient.”
Toloman and some of her neighbors have taken classes and obtained concealed carry permits and formed what they’re calling a Glock Block. Their flyer reads, “This is a Glock Block. We don’t call 911.”
Toloman, who joined the group after a thief stole a prized statue off her front porch while she was home, says she hopes criminals will see the flyer and go somewhere else. But if not, “I will defend my home,” she said.