Neighbors blame Project Neon for increased crime in Las Vegas neighborhood

NDOT responds to issue

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - Neighbors believe Project Neon -- a major highway construction project in Las Vegas -- is causing an increase in crime in their neighborhood. 

Glen Heather Estates sits near Oakey Boulevard and Rancho Drive, just behind Interstate 15. Some neighbors said ever since Project Neon started, they've noticed a drastic change. 

One man who asked only to be identified as Shawn said his home was burglarized. Another man believes he's living near a potential squatter home. 

"You don't feel safe anymore," Shawn said. 

Shawn believes homeless people, strangers and criminals are being pushed into the neighborhood due to construction on the nearby freeway. 

"They used to be under the underpass. ... They've been pushed out. They have security over there now, and they don't have anywhere to go," Shawn said. 

Shawn fears for his family and wants police to increase patrols as long as the construction continues. 

13 Action News reached out to Las Vegas police about the problem but did not hear a response back before the end of the work day Tuesday. 

A spokesman for the Nevada Department of Transportation sent the following statement regarding the resident's concerns: 

 "Project Neon takes the safety and security of residents, businesses and motorists seriously. There is an active dialogue with neighbors impacted by project construction, sharing concerns and making accommodations wherever feasible. Project management additionally works closely with the Metropolitan Police Department's Spring Valley Area Command to address any homeless concerns near the project footprint. Residents are encouraged to call 311 to report any concerns (911, if it's an emergency)." 

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