The Flathead County Sheriff's Department is seeing citizens take an active role in fighting crime.
For the last several years, two community watch groups--one in Bigfork and another in Hungry Horse--are keeping a lookout for criminal activity
Chuck Curry, the Flathead County Sheriff, says that the valley suffers from the same problems as bigger cities, just in lesser volume.
Just in the last six months, more than one hundred assaults and thefts were reported as well as more than sixty vandalisms.
Curry says these groups provide more, trained, eyes on the ground for law enforcement, from people who know the neighborhoods well.
"The training again is just more in how to be a good observer, how to report things, what to look for. We certainly don't encourage people to become vigilantes or take the law in their own hands--that's our job. There job is to just gather information contact us and help us get there quickly," said Curry.
If you are interested in joining a community watch group or starting one of your own within Flathead County, call the Community Resource Unit at 406.758.5602.