The Fallbrook Citizens’ Crime Prevention Committee (FCCPC) would like to comment on what we feel is an unfortunate choice of words for the title of the Village News article (4/8/10) covering our March 30 crime prevention meeting. We fear the title “Speaker says Fallbrook has gang presence, not gang problem” will lead people to let their guard down.
Fallbrook had a long history of severe gang problems which were not being equally addressed by the county, law enforcement or its citizens back in 2003. The businesses, residents and children close to South Vine Street were crying out for help, thus FCCPC was formed. Even in 2007, when violent crime was dropping in San Diego County, according to San Diego Association of Governments, Fallbrook’s violent crime rate jumped to 29 percent!
FCCPC has strived to help Fallbrook residents become informed and educated, while executing anti-crime programs. We have taken an aggressive stance against gangs, drugs and crime. Along with law enforcement’s added zero tolerance for gangs and their assistance, we are moving in the right direction.
Lulling citizens into thinking there is not a gang problem makes complacency take hold. Public safety is at risk! Fallbrook residents must be vigilant and report increased activity by gang members who are still in Fallbrook. We can’t overlook this fact; pressure must be kept on at all times. We owe it to ourselves and our children to keep Fallbrook from becoming a gang haven.
Founder & President
Fallbrook Citizens’ Crime Prevention Committee