LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police wants to get the word out about a crime trend in the valley. Authorities said property crimes are up nearly 2 percent. Residential robberies are up 14 percent.
Peccole Ranch near Charleston Boulevard and Fort Apache Road is one of the hardest hit areas when it comes to break-ins and property crimes, according to police.
A violent robbery occurred last year when an older couple was targeted in their home. That still leaves an uneasy feeling for some folks in Peccole Ranch. Metro Police said the thief roughed up one of the victims and stole several items, a trend that's happening more often in the valley.
Neighborhood Watch Captain Gayle Keppler took matters into her own hands and banded together with neighbors to form a watch group. So far, there have been no crimes.
"We got together and said, 'We're just going to make sure this isn't going to happen to us,'" Keppler said. "We haven't had very much at all in our neighborhood, and I think that was part of the problem is that we were sleepy and didn't think anything would happen to us."
Keppler was one of a handful of people who took part in a town hall meeting Wednesday that was hosted by Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager. The commissioner said preventing some crimes can be as simple as taking the time to pay attention to what's going on in your neighborhood.
"When a crime does happen, it's impossible for them (Metro) to get here right at that moment, no matter if they were around the corner," Brager said.
Commissioner Brager suggested people use free online tools like Alert ID. The system sends alerts to cell phones or computers about crime and other important information in your neighborhood.