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Metro Reports Burglaries Down in Northwest Neighborhoods

LAS VEGAS -- Metro's Northwest Area Command says their property crime statistics are down slightly this year. But people living in some northwest neighborhoods say they don't believe those numbers.

Centennial Hills , north Summerlin and neighborhoods all around Metro's Northwest Area Command have some good news according to property crimes Sergeant Tom Melton. His numbers show that compared to a similar time last year, burglaries are down 26 percent and auto thefts are holding steady.

"I have six detectives here at Northwest Area Command and I told you earlier I scan around 700 reports," said Sgt. Tom Melton, Metro.

But Richard Kronen says his northwest neighborhood has seen more property crimes this year than ever before. He describes what happened next door.

"People went through in the middle of the night. We didn't hear anything, but they broke through the back door, went through and took what they could. The house up the street that was broken into in broad daylight, they took out TV's VCR's, playstations," said Kronen, whose neighbor was burglarized.

Metro shares their best advice for those concerned of home burglaries. "Go through your house and write every serial number down to every piece of electronics you have, including your washer, dryer, your stoves and your refrigerator," Sgt. Melton said. 

Serial numbers can help police catch a burglar if they try to pawn off your belongings or sell them on the Internet. It's also a good idea to write down serial numbers on any guns you own. Metro says they've recovered two guns just this past week.

"I have written down for my desktop and my camera, but I have other gadgets that I have in the house. Maybe I will write the numbers for those too," said Tarvinder Mehta, northwest resident.

Written serial numbers won't stop crime, but they can help victims recover from crime.

Metro also advises that if somebody suspicious knocks on your door, speak up and let the person know there's somebody inside. Most home invasions aren't random, and the majority of burglars leave if they hear somebody inside.