Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Thanks to the help from the City of Thousand Oaks, the Thousand Oaks Sheriff’s Department and the guidance of Sr. Deputy Tim Lohman and Detective Eric Hatlee, communities are starting to put their foot down against crime.

 GOOD NEIGHBOR—Ryan Ramsey gets a positive response from his neighbor Sandi Patterson on April 27 about, a website that creates a safety network for residents.  RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers

A large number of commercial and residential burglaries—108 from January through March— has prompted some Thousand Oaks residents to reach out to their neighbors through, a private social network that allows people to quickly share reports of suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

“It’s really taking off,” said Senior Dep. Tim Lohman of the Thousand Oaks Police Department. “Back in the day, if someone moved into the neighborhood, it was, ‘Here are some cookies. It’s nice to meet you.’ Now, we don’t see that as much.”

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