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Crime and safety expert recommends not chasing after thieves

Posted at 12:46 AM, Jan 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-21 03:46:42-05

While it might be tempting to go after a thief, especially one who repeatedly targets one person, that might not be the best course of action.

A man recently told 13 Action News he chased after a suspect's car after the suspect had stolen his mail multiple times.

But 13 Action News Crime and Safety Expert and retired Las Vegas police Lt. Randy Sutton says that is a very big no-no.

"I don't suggest it," he said. "I understand it, but there comes a time when people just get fed up with being a victim."

Sutton says while it might seem like a good idea at the time to the tables on a thief, the thief might turn it back on you in a heartbeat.

"You always take a risk when you confront a suspect," he said. "There's always the possibility that person is armed or that person uses his vehicle as a weapon."

In the case of mail theft, Sutton says people might be better off to "target harden" their mailboxes with a lock or building a brick housing around it.