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Dangers of abandoned homes frustrate officials, neighbors

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 4/24/2013 8:53 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- From gated country clubs to working-class neighborhoods, abandoned homes present dangers to nearby residents in the Las Vegas valley. It’s a problem Clark County leaders are trying to address.

Both police and firefighters say, once again, in these situations, if you see something, say something.

Robert Engelke moved into his east Las Vegas neighborhood 13 years ago and admits the area has changed. A nearby abandoned house around the corner has been used as a party place for teenagers.

A vacant home which was set on fire Monday afternoon has been a nuisance property that's been attracting vandals for nearly a year.

Don Coburn of Clark County Code Enforcement says last year the county began a registry for vacant, foreclosed homes. Property owners are now required to list contact names and numbers in case of a problem
So far, 1,800 homes are on the list, and he says neighbors are encouraged to report potential violations.

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