Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 | 2:15 p.m.
A resident is leading an effort to watch out for crime in the Kingsway Ridge neighborhood near the intersection of Sahara Avenue and the Las Vegas Beltway.
Doug Puppel, who has lived in Kingsway Ridge since 2001, decided to take action after a rash of smashed car windows during the first two weeks of January.
"In one case, someone raised a garage door and stole some things out of the garage," Puppel said. "I heard about these things and put out flyers in our neighborhood. The next thing I knew, neighbors who never really shared a conversation before were talking to each other."
Since then, Puppel said the incidents have almost gone away, but he plans to continue his efforts. One issue that needs to be addressed, he said, is the fixing of a street light on Spotted Leaf Lane near the entrance to Kingsway Ridge.
"It's so dark near the front of our development. I think it sends a poor signal," he said.
Puppel is also hoping to gather enough residents to attend the monthly "First Tuesday" meetings at Metro Police's Enterprise Area Command, where residents have an opportunity to raise ideas and concerns with local law enforcement.
Since distributing his flyers, Puppel said he noticed more residents in Kingsway Ridge locking their doors and not leaving valuables in their cars.
"People have enough to worry about nowadays with the economy and their jobs," he said.
Residents in the Kingsway Ridge area who are interested in helping Puppel can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.