North Idaho

700 CDA homes create block watch

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A North Idaho neighborhood is coming together to stand up against crime. 
The Landings at Waterford in Coeur d'Alene is organizing a block watch to cover over seven hundred homes.

John Rant is the man spearheading the effort. After his neighborhood fell victim to vandalism this summer, he realized something had to be done.

"Enough is enough of these punks coming into a nice place like this and messing it up," he said.

700 CDA homes create block watch

It wasn't just the vandalism that triggered this community-wide effort.  Residents also fell victim to burglaries, including the break-in spree that plagued the county for months last year.

Over a hundred people  have responded positively to this idea,  giving information like telephone numbers and e-mail address to build a database so the community can stay connected.

The neighborhood is divided into ten zones to make it easier to watch over. Already four watch captains have stepped up.

"There's more than 700 homes here. Since it's so big we have to chunk it up into smaller bits," said Rant.

It seems it's just the beginning of this community coming together to stand up against crime.

If you would like to learn more you can visit the block watch website at