Per RealtyTrac, we have over 10,000 homes is some form of the foreclosure process in the Las Vegas valley and greater Clark county. Public records provide ample information for people to identify properties which are likely vacant and optimal for unlawful occupancy.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department responded to over 4400 calls for service related to squatters. Due to the increase in violent crime throughout the valley, these crimes take low priority.
Squatter homes are frequently used as a base for criminal activity in otherwise nice neighborhoods. These crimes range from burglaries, auto theft, narcotics activity, prostitution, to more violent crimes to include home invasions and robberies.
This activity brings property value down which causes a greater economic effect to the surrounding neighborhoods and their owners