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In an effort to “build awareness” and promote “community safety,” Springs resident Tracy Reynes has designed her own “Boyes Hot Springs Community Watch” signs.

Reynes says she was inspired to action after seeing many recent social networks posts about “petty crime, car break-ins and package theft in our community.”

Her signs are free. All one has to do is go to and fill out a form. Reynes will “deliver one to you personally.”

“Let’s let everyone out there know that we watch out for each other,” says Reynes. “Let’s keep each other safe!”


Speaking of a part of town crying out for a neighborhood watch: A rash of break-ins last month in the Manor Drive area had several commenters on a local social network site sounding the alarm – and reaching for the tar and feathers. Stephen R. reported the Dec. 7 witching hour theft of expensive power tools from his utility truck, while other folks also chimed in about various vehicle thefts throughout the residential neighborhood in December. Suspects, according to citizen sleuths, included “odd cyclists” not typically seen on the West Side, “out-of-towners in vans” and “a man who lives under the Leveroni Creek bridge.”

“The scumbags that stole your tools… should be publicly stoned!” suggested one East Side neighbor who we wouldn’t want on our jury.

Hopefully the thieves wreaking havoc on parked cars will be apprehended and brought to justice. Until then, Sonoma should put away the pitchforks until the cyclists and bridge-dwellers are caught in the act.

Jason Walsh

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