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Police Urge Vigilance Over Spring Break
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LAS VEGAS -- For a second year in a row, Las Vegas has been named the number one spring break destination for both families and college students. That's according to a survey by the online travel company Orbitz.

Over the next few weeks, college students and families will descend upon Las Vegas for their very different versions of spring break fun in the sun.

But given the recent spike in teen violence in the Las Vegas valley, Metro Police are urging parents to be on guard to prevent potential trouble from escalating out of control.

Spring break has already started on the Las Vegas Strip, where Metro plans to enforce the nightly 10 p.m. curfew for anyone under 18 not with an adult.

But police also say they'll focus more resources this year on spring break parties involving unsupervised teens at homes across the valley. Two teenage girls have been shot and killed at juvenile parties in the past three weeks.

During an afternoon news conference, police announced the recent formation of its UPAC unit, which stands for Unified Party Abatement Concept. Police plan to patrol for neighborhood parties in all eight command areas. They say citations will be issued and parties will be broken up if there is no adult supervision or any underage drinking going on.

Police called on neighbors, parents and peers to help them prevent spring break from getting out of control. They say last weekend alone they encountered nearly 50 neighborhood parties.

While several had to be broken up, police say they were glad to discover that there was adult supervision at the majority of the parties, which were then allowed to resume. 

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