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Some Oregon residents arm themselves on 'Glock blocks' amid rising crime

Crime in an Oregon county has reportedly gotten so bad that residents are vowing to protect themselves on so-called “Glock blocks” instead of awaiting authorities to respond. reports that Coy Tolonen, who lives in unincorporated Clackamas County, and a group of Jennings Lodge residents are responding to escalating crime in their neighborhood by posting fliers that read: “This is a Glock block. We don’t call 911.”

“We’re starting a new group,” Tolonen said. “We don’t feel neighborhood watch is sufficient, and we don’t feel the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is sufficient.”

Petty crime like stolen lawn ornaments and other acts of vandalism are plaguing the area, said Tolonen, whose lawn statue was recently stolen from her front porch.

“I will defend myself — and my home,” she told

Tolonen, who saw the man who stole the statue and unsuccessfully tried to apprehend him, decided to get a concealed carry permit following the incident.

“I think more people should be trained [with] permits to carry,” she said, adding that all of her neighbors have licenses to carry.

The fear, Tolonen said, is that thieves will become amid escalating crime. In her case, Tolonen was home at the time when her statue was stolen.

“The radio was on,” she said. “If he got in the house, what then?”

Authorities, meanwhile, have cautioned against vigilantism.

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