If you live in the Northwest Las Vegas valley, you probably know someone who has had a vehicle broken into.
Neighbors are saying they’ve had enough.
Metro’s Northwest Area Command, which includes part of Summerlin, is seeing a high number of auto break-ins. One thing being stolen more often from cars are guns.
Because of that, Metro Police are asking for the public’s help in preventing these crimes of opportunity.
When you think of a typical Summerlin neighborhood, one thing that may come to mind is safety and security. But talk to residents and they’ll tell you there are some issues.
“It shouldn’t happen anywhere, but I guess it can happen wherever you live,” said Tiger Helgelien, who lives in Summerlin.
He is talking about car break-ins. Recently, thieves targeted one of his vehicles.
“I had my car outside, locked, but we came outside and the car was unlocked and the change was missing, and then my business cards were strung all over the street in front of my house.”
He’s not alone.
One of his neighbors, who wants to remain unidentified, provided 8 News Now with surveillance video from about a week ago.
It shows a woman hopping out of a silver sedan, checking the doors on the two cars in the driveway. They’re locked and she leaves.
Last year, a burglar was successful at the same house.
Metro Police addressed the recent crimes of opportunity during a radio program on 88.1 FM Wednesday morning.
“We’re powerless if the public isn’t on board with us,” said Metro Officer Marcus Martin.
He says Metro’s “Help us Help you” program is aimed at preventive policing and getting neighbors to keep an eye on each other.
FBI crime statistics from 2017 show more than 13,000 burglaries in Metro’s jurisdiction in that year — many of them from automobiles.
That’s a crime rate of 805 burglaries for every 100,000 residents.
Guns are commonly stolen items with 15 percent of them taken from cars.
“We’re just trying to get those numbers under control, as we said earlier, we have 107 stolen firearms in just Northwest Area Command alone,” Officer Martin said.
And while Helgelien doesn’t keep any guns in the car, the recent burglaries have changed some of his habits.
“We’ve gotten accustomed to not leaving our garage door openers in the vehicles that we park outside at night,” he said.
Police tell 8 News Now one of the hottest spots for burglaries right now is at Skypoint in the far northwest valley.