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SE Portland neighborhood group gathers after increase in crime in the area

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The neighborhood group Lents Active Watch took to the streets Saturday at the intersection of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Foster after a recent rash of crime in the neighborhood.

Residents in southeast Portland are concerned about the homeless population in their neighborhood, and what it means for their safety.

"My fiancé and I just bought a property on this street and we were planning on opening a business there, but it keeps getting burglarized," said Marya Tracer.

The group said their biggest concerns include illegal drugs, excess garbage, and even stolen dogs in their neighborhood.

Another topic of Saturday’s protest was the current state of the Springwater Corridor.

Living on the streets herself, Renee Bauer agrees that something has to change, but it is not fair to blame it all on the homeless.

"It's hard to live out here in the cold, rain and watch southeast have a bad name and go down," Bauer said. “They're blaming it all on the homeless and it's really not all the homeless," she added.

Saturday’s demonstration remained peaceful.

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