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Catholic Charities donates cameras to neighboring businesses

LAS VEGAS -- Many businesses owners neighboring Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada have a major complaint. They claim the crime attached to some of the circumstances of those living on the streets is pushing them to the brink of shutting down.

“We've got trespassing signs up here and down there,” Skip Turner, the supervisor of Ewing Brothers Towing said as he pointed to two different areas.

Turner said he constantly has to ask people to move. He says he calls 911 when he sees drug use, and sometimes he even has to clean up human waste. Turner said all of this is hard on the day to day operation of a business.

“There's no coexisting when our people can't even come to work because they're afraid of being robbed or jumped,” Turner said.

Metro says homeless people have always been attracted to the north end of Main Street because a number of outreach organizations are located in that area. However, it has also attracted crime.

“We had 400 people living in tents up and down Las Vegas Blvd., even though there were services available in the shelters. We had prostitution and drug dealing,” said Schofield, Deputy Chief, LVMPD

The headquarters for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is only five minutes away from this area near the intersection of S. Main Street and Lewis Avenue. Officers along with officials at Catholic Charities are joining forces to fight crime in the neighborhood.

A spokesperson for Catholic Charities said after one of Metro's surveillance cameras cut crime in half in front of its building Catholic Charities has decided to donate the money to install two more cameras in the area.

One will be on Main Street, and one will be on Foremaster Lane. The organization hopes it will help neighboring businesses.

Police say one of the major advantages of the cameras is that they can be watched in real time, so officers can respond to crime as it's happening.