LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police say southwest Las Vegas saw a pretty big drop in property crimes. They credit local business owners who are playing a role in community-oriented policing.
A partnership between businesses and police seems to be paying off for both sides.
The well-manicured bushes at the Royal Palm Apartments are not meant to be just inviting for residents, they are also supposed to deter criminals.
"We had our landscapers completely cut those down after we found it had benefits for safety. People come home at night and they need to see what is behind their bushes and shrubs," said Meghann Mahathey with Royal Palm.
But changes the property has embraced in the name of safety does not stop there. Big outdoor lights were also installed.
"The more lighting you have, the better. The more visibility you have, the better. That way, people can always see what is around them. If there is a dark corner, you want to know who is back there," said Mahathey.
The changes were all tips the apartment management learned while attending the Southwest Business Crimewatch meeting. Officers go over crime trends, letting business know what to be on the lookout for and how to combat crime in their area.
This year, the numbers were encouraging.
"We were down 8-percent in violent crimes and we were down 20-percent in property crimes. So we are very happy about that and we hope to continue that trend," said Capt. Michael Dalley with Metro's Enterprise Area Command.
By working side-by-side, Metro officers are able to get more information about crimes in the area and businesses reap the rewards of safer streets.
"We can send some of our people out there and help them do a check of their property to see if there is anything they can do to combat crime, and in turn, they give us good information," said Capt. Dalley.
Officers encourage business to take simple steps to combat crime like posting fliers that encourage employees and resident to report a crime if they see something.
"I think it is a great idea and I think the more people get involved the more crime we can cut out," said Mahathey.
Royal Palms management also has a flier with safety tips they put on someone's car if they see that they are not locking their doors or leaving valuables in plan sight.
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