LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - After a recent spike in crime, state Sen. Mark Manendo is taking a stand and hoofing it through neighborhoods to help the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department cut down on crime.
Manendo has been an advocate for neighborhood watch programs for almost 30 years but now, he says they're more critical here than ever before.
Manendo represents a high crime district in the east valley, and says he has been canvassing neighborhoods giving people information packets, and urging them to get involved in their neighborhood watch programs.
Manendo says there has been a lot of talk about violent crime, including the increase in the homicide rate in the valley, but he says the smaller crimes is what is important to community safety.
Manendo says he knows from personal experience that neighborhood watch programs work.
"We got a neighborhood watch together. There were 264 homes and over 100 people involved," says Manendo. "Crime decreased because people were aware and people were coming together."
Sen. Manendo says he hopes his outreach and neighborhood watch programs can work as a partnership with LVMPD.