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Summerlin residents worried about rising violent crime

Posted at 12:16 AM, Oct 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-13 09:06:30-04
Residents in Summerlin fear their community is under siege. They worry crime is up even though Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says non-violent crime around the city is dropping.
The LVMPD Northwest Area Command Capt. Richard Fletcher told 13 Action News that non-violent crime in Summerlin is down 9 percent while violent crime only up 1 percent.
Crime victims 13 Action News spoke with, however, never would have guessed that.
Residents met with police on Wednesday night to find a way to cut crime.
Cindy Parker, a crime victim, said she was so traumatized that she couldn’t work for four months. 
“I was being stalked for two weeks and didn’t know it,” said Parker.
Parker told 13 Action News the stalker trailed her one night, threatening to burn down her Summerlin home. 
“There was somebody on my back patio. They were trying to light my house on fire,” she said.
Police stopped the would-be arsonist before anything happened.
Frightening moments like that lead Parker and dozens of Summerlin neighbors to worry that violent crime is on the rise in their community.
“There are break-ins. There are home invasions. We had six within five weeks,” Parker said.
What is the Northwest Area Command during to curb crime? 
“Now I have detectives in my command. So that gives a better opportunity to deploy them as see fit. I ask them to stop what they’re doing for property crimes, focus on this violent crime,” Fletcher said.