After failing to chase down a thief who stole her beloved bronze statue from her front lawn, Coy Tolonen had enough.
The 65-year old, fed up with rising crime rates in her area, organized a new kind of neighborhood watch and she’s calling it the “Glock Block.”
Later that evening, the grandmother of three said she realized a door to her home had been jimmied open, possibly by the same man she said stole her statue.
“It just made my blood run cold because our grandkids are playing here a lot, and one of them could have been snatched just as easily as the statue,” she told ABCNews.com.
“These guys need to know if you’re going to pick on a little old lady, then lots of the ladies I know are packing [guns]. They’re sweet ladies but if it’s their life, I’m sorry you’re going to lose yours,” Tolonen said.
The breast cancer survivor said she wasn’t going to let anything jeopardize the safety of her or her family in their home, and so the “Glock Block” idea was born.
Tolonen began printing flyers for her neighbors to hang in their windows, with a picture of a gun and the warning: “This is a Glock Block. We don’t call 911.” She said so far more than a dozen neighbors have shown interest.
“We don’t want people to feel bad if they don’t want to post one. We respect their rights too,” Tolonen said. “I just want criminals to think twice. I want my grandkids to be able to play in the yard. It’s time that we step up.”
Her idea has been received well by many residents of her small Oregon town, with numerous Glock Block members now posting warnings signs on their doors and windows:
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