Las Vegas robbery rates have increased 30% compared to what the rate was this time last year. As reported by News3LV, the Las Vegas Police Department says selling goods on apps are a contributor to this higher crime rate. LVMPD says selling things on apps like Facebook Marketplace or OfferUp could increase your chance of being robbed. But it all depends on how you execute the sale. In an interview with News3LV, Las Vegas Police Officer Misael Perra encouraged people not to invite potential buyers to their homes. And instead suggested a public meeting place. Even in the parking lot of a local police station. Many of our local stations in Las Vegas have dedicated parking spots for this kind of exchange. Officer Parra urges people to use these public places, as having buyers come to your residence could have dangerous consequences.
A Las Vegas robbery of this sort happened recently to resident Jeffery Chen. Chen was out of town on a business trip and arranged the sale of his $15K Rolex with a buyer on Facebook Marketplace. Chen’s girlfriend was home and was asked by Chen to handle the exchange. According to the News3LV interview with Chen, the girlfriend asked the buyer to come in to the house. Even when the man showed reluctance, she insisted. The man looked around the house suspiciously and then asked for receipts of authenticity for the watch. Shortly thereafter he ran out the front door with the merchandise. When the girlfriend chased him into the awaiting car, there was a second man holding a gun. Luckily, Chen’s girlfriend was not hurt but the merchandise was lost.
Officer Perra says the Las Vegas Metro Police Department gets several calls everyday about this kind of Las Vegas robbery. Perra suggests asking someone to meet in a police station parking lot. If the buyer declines, consider that a red flag! It’s a simple remedy. NEVER do business with an unknown buyer or seller in a private location. It makes it too easy to become a victim of crime, or worse. Stay safe, Las Vegas!
–Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas