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“If Is Not Written, It Does Not Exist”
Here is a newly reported scam but has been all around in similar forms for a long time. The area described below is in Spring Valley, but has turned up elsewhere. Bottom line, if you don't know the person and your "neighbor" is not with them, don't believe them.
"I had a man come to my door this Sunday and say he was a neighbor and he knew my name. He said that his wife was in an auto accident near by and he wanted to borrow money for a tow truck. Today I put a note in the mail box of the place he claimed to live and the guy that lived there came over to talk to me. I just thought you could put the word out to the neighbors to be aware of this guy. He has short reddish color hair and round face, slightly over weight. I don't have as many email addresses as you do so thought I could let you put the word out."
On the same note from another resident:
"It sounds like the same guy who came to my door. He was with a girl and he said that he was Dr. So and So's son and his mother was the one who walks the white poodle around the neighborhood. They said that they were students at UNLV and selling magazines to finance a trip to Europe. They wanted cash because they got more points for cash. He, too, knew my name, and told me that my neighbor had given my name to him. (My neighbor knew nothing about this when I asked her). They were very aggressive."
We are still experiencing an incredible number of daytime burglaries. Some people have been hit multiple times. The "perps" break a window/door and ransack the house while the occupants are at work or gone. If you are burglarized and come home after the fact, just go to the Southwest Area Command (just east of Jones on Spring Mountain Rd) and file a report. It will take less than half an hour and puts the event in writing. The more written reports, the more patrols will start coming through the area.
As a reminder, look for:
On the positive side, Metro busted a ring of thieves based out of a house near Fort Apache/Windmill. Of course there are probably more out there, but one less is one less. Don't let your guard down.
As population increases residents are reporting significant increases in crime in the rapidly growing south-west particularly in the Rural Neighborhood Preserves (RNPs). Burglaries are taking place in broad daylight as well as after dark. There have been assaults on residents and realtors working in the southwest area. Mailboxes have been vandalized, and mail has been stolen (raising the odds of identity theft). A number of cars have been stolen, and stolen cars from other areas have been torched. Graffiti are appearing.
In 2006 SWAN hosted an instructional session with METRO to teach homeowners how to set up Neighborhood Watches. If you missed it and want to learn more contact Bill Tullock, Southwest Area Command, 702-828-5804.
Please pass this on to your friends and neighbors. We are going to have to be proactive in order to reduce these criminal incidents. Above all, maintain your situational awareness and carry a cell phone to call the police.
Potential burglars/robbers are surveying various neighborhoods during the day to identify residents' patterns. When they feel confident that they know a house is empty at certain times during the day, they break a window (which does not trigger most alarm systems) and climb right in. Alternatively they will kick down the door (if there is no alarm system). They grab whatever they can find: guns, cash, jewelry, computers, electronic gadgets, and so forth.
These robberies are being reported in Mountain's Edge, Southern Highlands, Pinnacle Peak, Nevada Trails, and all rural neighborhoods in the vicinity of Rainbow and Blue Diamond Road. At least four houses have been "hit" in the North Blue Diamond RNP over the last few weeks, all during the day. Two occurred last weekend on the same day around Raven and Buffalo.
Seems our little area (SoWest) is more of a target these days, and I appreciate when you update us on the happenings you hear about or even experience like the unfortunate break in you had not too long ago, so I thought I'd let you know our recent events. Last Tuesday morning, there was a car theft and the police chased and caught the guy right around Torino and Mann and there was a helicopter above and all but seems that got solved.
But this past Friday night, I was on the computer and suddenly heard radios right outside, this was after 11:30pm, then I saw police cars and lights right outside, and eventually heard a helicopter hovering above for about 1 hour spotting his light on our house and the ones nearby. We come to find out that our neighbor right behind us, came face to face with some guy who had opened his sliding door while lights were on and with 2 dogs in the house and it didn't stop him, then the guy says to our neighbor, "oh, sorry" and took off running. But that's not the reason for all the cops and helicopter, it seems there was a home invasion and a 5 year old got stabbed around the same time, at those new houses/complexes further down near Jones. So we don't know if the guy was the same one or not??!! So needless to say, we're all sleeping a bit lighter and keeping an extra eye out these days.
We had a potential break in back in October while I was home. Around 11:30 a.m. I was working out on the treadmill and had the sliding doors all open. I also had the TV on loud during my workout. Our dog was inside next to the treadmill. All of a sudden, I heard a loud bang. It sounded like something had hit the window in front of my treadmill. But at the time, from where I was standing, I couldn't see anything unusual. I heard the sound again. I walked outside into the back yard and sure enough, there were three guys....dark skin...either Mexican or black...around 20 years old or younger. One had just jumped the fence...and the other two were about to jump over into the yard. I yelled at them....and they took off in a dark charcoal grey dodge full size truck. I ran over to the pool area to see if I could get a better look at what direction they took off in. They were behind our house on Valadez...which dead ends into Shelbourne. They took off towards Wigwam and headed east. I called my neighbor who is a retired fireman and his son is Metro....they came over right away. I called 911 and they came out to investigate and take a report. At first I had thought they had just thrown a rock at the windows. But we later discovered they had a b.b. gun and had cracked one window in the living room and tried hitting another window which didn't crack. If I had not been home at the time, they would have came right on in. Our neighbor on the corner of Warbonnet and Camero has been broken into at least 3 times in the last year. And another neighbor on Camero and Bomberos has been broken into a few time also. So, we do most definitely need to keep an eye out for our neighbors.
Copper wire theft is very costly to the county. Thieves are targeting short stretches of street lights on side streets. They hope that the lack of street lighting will not be noticed for a period of time. If you see any lights that are out, please report this to public response (SXR@co.clark.nv.us). Also, if you see the access cover open on the base of street light, call Metro at 311. The open access cover is a good indicator that the wiring for the street lights has been stolen.