Homeless camp eyed for crime and nasty conditions near the strip

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - It looks like piles of trash including all sorts of odds and ends in the shadows of multi-billion dollar hotels and casinos near Flamingo and South Valley View Drive.

"They have been there now for approximately six months the vermin that exists there is just unbelievable," said Fred Johnson, who lives nearby.

Johnson says he has experienced aggressive panhandling and says several cars have been broken into.

According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police crime reports, in just the past month there have been four burglaries, ten incidents of disturbing the peace, one theft and two assaults in the area near the homeless camp.

"I have sympathy toward the homeless but at the same time if one's danger one's health is affected by it then we've got to do something," added Johnson.

Contact 13 visited the camp which is nestled among traffic barricades and in the flood channel tunnel.

The people who live there say it is not their first choice.

"I have no idea what I'm going to go there is no place to go," said Joe, who did not want to provide his last name or show his face.

Joe said he was a landscaper and carpenter by trade, but he has fallen on hard times.

"Don't throw us out of our homes, there's no other options for some people," said Joe. "They say there's a lot of [programs], but if you mess one thing up, you got to do it all over again."

Contact 13 reached out to Clark County, and a spokesperson says a crisis intervention team is going to respond to help connect people with resources and programs.

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