Worried about crime in the communities surrounding Canyon Lake, nearly 1,000 residents have mobilized on Facebook to "Take Back Canyon Lake."

"This has turned out to be more of a message of hope than of high crime," said founder Debbie England. "The overwhelming response shows us there are more good people than bad."

The Facebook page is considered a new form of neighborhood watch.

"It's helped a lot to know what's happening," said a resident of Canyon Lake and friend of the page, who did not want to be identified for her own safety.

In the past year, the area has experienced a murder and an aggravated kidnapping that law enforcement said were not random crimes, given the alleged familiarity between the victims and suspects.

But there also was an intruder shot and killed by a resident, and reported meth labs.

"The recent criminal activity, although out of the norm for the area, has brought the citizens of Canyon Lake together," said Mark Reynolds, spokesman for the Comal County Sheriff's Office. "We will work together and accomplish their mission."

They will all gather later this month for a community meeting.

Organizers urge residents to turn out to air their concerns and learn what they can do to help law enforcement make the needed arrests.

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