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Police Fear Uptick in Petty Crime During Spring Break

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LAS VEGAS - When the school bell rings Friday afternoon, thousands of Clark County school kids will begin their spring break.

Police say it's one of the busiest weeks of the year for them and they are asking parents for some extra help. Metro Police Captain Brian Greenway says they see petty crimes like auto theft, fighting and underage drinking escalate during spring break week.

Lilian Hernandez is a single mother of five children ranging in age from 6 to 16 years old. She says it's tough keeping track of everyone while she is at work and she says can't afford a spring break program.

"They get into trouble and it's really hard for me to keep an eye on them," said Hernandez.

The gym her kids used to go to has cut it's hours and classes. It's that very reason that has police worried. They say kids and teens tend to get into trouble during spring break because there is nobody to supervise them and fewer programs to keep them occupied.

Greenway recommends that working parents repeatedly check on their kids whether it's by phone or texting.

"Have the kids check in. Know where their friends are. Don't be afraid to call. If your son or daughter is at a friend's house, check up on them. Let them know you care, that's a strong message," said Greenway.

He adds that even though many programs and recreation center hours have been cut, there are still some other options, like the YMCA or church programs. The North Las Vegas Recreation Centers offer yearly passes for $3 for kids. The city of Las Vegas also offers spring break camps.

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