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Facebook Page Fights Crime in Homer

HOMER--Pictures of so-called criminals and first hand accounts about crimes are all being plastered on Facebook.
From the outside, the streets of Homer look quiet, safe and peaceful.  But some people in town say dig a little deeper.

"Recently people's cars have been stolen from their driveways, houses getting robbed," Homer resident Kaitlin Keller said.

"It's very frustrating to see the same cycle of things going on," Kate Boyer said.

She knows about the crimes first hand.  Her shop was robbed.

"We were broken into twice within the period of a couple of months by the same person both times.," Boyer said.  "He was apprehended, he was convicted.  He is back out on the streets and it is very frustrating."

She thinks if more people knew who the person was and the details of what happened, crime would go down.  That's why she's in favor of the Homer Watch Facebook page.

"If you don't know what's going on in your neighborhood, then you don't know what to look out for," she said.

People can post about crime, even pictures of the people they think are involved.

"I think it's a great way to get the word out quickly," she said.

But not everyone agrees.

"Someone is saying they're guilty or convicting them of something they haven't done," Scott Brewer said.

One picture posted on the site, warned people to stay away. 

"It's a good idea to have the convicted criminals in the area, have their pictures up. So when you do see something suspicious happening, you can identify someone," Boyer said.
 
But not everyone is seeing eye to eye.

"I think the justice system should take care of whatever they're accusing him of," Arlene Higginbotham said.

The facebook page started Sunday.  Close to 250 friends have joined.  The pictures have since been taken down.
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