Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International Airport: Thieves Have Stolen Dozens of Cars Because the Garages’ Cameras and Security Systems Don’t Always Work
LAS VEGAS – Investigators found that the Harry Reid International Airport garages’ surveillance and security systems often fail, allowing thieves to steal dozens of cars.
Tens of millions of passengers pass through the nation’s busiest airport. Millions of Las Vegas-based travelers park at the airport before flying.
Chris Arencibia’s family was surprised at the airport this summer.
“He says, ‘Dad, you’ll have to pick me up. Arencibia stated his kid called, and there was no car. “You’re fooling me.”
Arencibia’s wife parked the automobile on Terminal 1’s fourth level around 4 a.m. She took the SUV key fob on a flight.
When Arencibia’s son flew in with his own fob to get the car hours later, it was gone.
“To come to the airport, leave for two days, then come back and your vehicle is missing is dreadful. “It’s awful,” Arencibia said.
Arencibia’s car is one of approximately four dozen stolen airport cars reported to Las Vegas Metro police over the previous two years.
“My concern is not the vehicle—just it’s at 4 o’clock in the morning, women, men, young, older people, might go up there and something may happen to them and there’s no camera to observe what’s going on,” he added, adding that the parking office assured him his car had no video surveillance.
“We don’t want any vulnerabilities in our security or surveillance that we have at the airport here,” LVMPD Capt. Gregory Munson said.
Are holes present? Investigator David Charns asked Munson.
“No,” Munson responded.
“Are airport car thefts surprising?” Charns asked.
You’d assume that because you’re in a safe place. Munson remarked, “There’s one just above us actually.”
The Investigators found that the garages’ cameras and license plate scanners don’t always work or record all vehicles. I 8Investigators reviewed dozens of stolen car reports and found that monitoring and other security measures do not prevent all thefts.
One stolen-vehicle report stated that the Department of Aviation had no surveillance cameras at the scene. Another stated, “[airport workers] did not have any video surveillance of his vehicle entering the parking garage or leaving.”
Paying garages have locked gates. Munson claimed drivers sometimes remove license plates and crash through exit gates.
Munson said the odds of being a victim at the airport are low with over 2 million automobiles parked there last year and more predicted as the economy recovers.
“The chances of a car escaping out of this airport without being captured on camera is one in a billion possibilities, but could a camera go down, could a camera fail, it happens right, and those things need to be addressed,” he stated.
Munson advises bringing your keys and parking ticket. “See anything, say something,” he urged.
“We get lots of such calls, but we want more,” he said.
Arencibia remarked, “The car has been replaced.” “Humans are irreplaceable.”
Arencibia’s new automobile won’t be at the airport. He’ll now take a different way to the airport.
The airport parking office still has no record of his automobile entering or exiting the garage.
“Somehow, it went there and left,” he claimed.
Police and security officers walk or bike through the garages in addition to cameras and license plate readers.
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