Foreclosed Homes Targeted by Thieves

February 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Homeowners in the North Valley are being asked to keep an eye on their neighbor's property, even if the people next door have moved away.The number of empty and foreclosed homes in Atwater is on the rise. Police say thieves are stripping empty homes of appliances and fixtures. A new neighborhood watch program is being launched to help deal with the problem.

Worried neighbors met Thursday night to create a new watch program. Those who live near abandoned and empty homes are being asked to call police at the first sign of trouble