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New data shows decline in crime in Mountain's Edge

Posted: 7:21 AM, Apr 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-15 18:50:19Z
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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Residents in a southwest Las Vegas valley neighborhood are breathing a big sigh of relief after new data shows that crime is down in Mountain’s Edge.

The new data comes from the Mountain's Edge Master Association.

According to Mountain's Edge, crime fell 44.5% last year in the master-planned community of more than 11,000 homes. Crime as a percentage of homes was less than one percent, according to Mountain's Edge.

"Yesterday, we went out at about 12, and we got home about 12 a.m. We forgot our garage door was open, and we got inside, and everything was there," said Svetlana Sumschi, a Mountain's Edge resident.

Community policing efforts through Metro have helped contribute to the decline in criminal activities.

Private security patrols have also helped, according to residents.

"It makes us feel comfortable. Although I know they're not armed, but at least somebody's watching," said Dennis Yuson.

Action News has previously reported on crimes in Mountain's Edge, ranging from car break-ins to a suspect spraying over home surveillance video cameras.

Neighbors know they can't let down their guard.

"The most common thing about crime happening in our community would be package theft," said Viorica Cheptanaru.

"I have the absolute best security system that you can get. I have flood lights, cameras everywhere," said Ryan Fee, a Las Vegas resident.

In late February, the FBI reported that in Metro's jurisdiction, violent crimes went up by more than 220 cases in 2018. Property crimes increased by more than 700 cases, going from just under 23,000 to nearly 23,600.