3 Most Desperate Cities Include Vallejo, Calif., Harrisburg, Pa., Central Falls, R.I.


The town has become overrun by crime and prostitution in the wake of budget cuts that have reduced the city's police force by almost half. Prostitutes and pimps can be seeing plying their trade in the middle of residential areas.

Local resident Kathy Beistel, 48, told ABC News the city's problems have landed literally on her doorstep: "The final straw" for her, she says, was "a pimp fight in front of my house." When she called police to report the incident, she was told there weren't enough officers left to handle such problems. "We used to have 158 officers," Vallejo police Chief Robert Nichelini told ABC. "We have 90 now."

In response, residents, including Beistel, have taken matters into their own hands, instituting a neighborhood watch program, its official name The Kentucky Street Watch Owls. Unofficially, they're called the "Ho Patrol."

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