NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Harold Boyd has lived in his North Las Vegas home for 12 years, but even on his quiet, safe block, criminals can strike.
"We've had cars broken into around here. My cars have been broken into twice and the stereo stolen out," he said. "I'm only aware of one home invasion they had a few months ago."
The North Las Vegas Police Department has seen a recent rise in theft. This year, home burglaries south of Cheyenne Boulevard in North Las Vegas are up 36 percent. They are up 7 percent in the northern, newer parts of town.
North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell says hard times have crooks making desperate decisions.
"We think the economy is a big factor for the fact that people are out looking for money," he said. "We're very concerned about this. We have a lot of resources now actively trying to break up these groups that are doing the burglaries."