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12/18/2012 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letter: A poor welcome to Kingman

We are new to the area, retired and live on a budget. We live on the 3900 hundred block of Snavely.

Saturday evening, we put out our Christmas decorations. We didn't have much - a 3-foot white light-up polar bear holding a red present, and three stacked light-up presents. We did not even have them plugged in. We got up Sunday morning and they were gone.

Welcome to Kingman. I hope whoever took them has a great Christmas, because you ruined ours and how we view this city.

Colleen Nelson

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Stephanie Costello

It isn't the town of Kingman--it's the whole world. I take exception to those who are blaming the youth for all the petty crimes. What makes you think it's teenagers? Adults can and often do, steal from one another as well. Where do you think the "dumb kids" learned it?

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Allan Gleason

I too, used to live on Nicole Ave. in Chaparral Mesa. It was a nice little house, well built and landscaped on a quiet street with well behaved resident/owners.

I wonder what ever happened to the very strict CC&R's which prohibited parking at the curb among other things? Unfortunately the neighborhood is not in Kingman and not subject to the city's jurisdiction and benefits.

If at all possible, I'd suggest moving to one of the many other neighborhoods within the city. This is a large county with an insufficient county government to protect its residents.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: From Kingman

No offense but perhaps when driving to chaparral Mesa and seeing what is across thompson from the subdivision that would have been a clue to not move into the area. I don't recommend anything north of Sierra vista.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@Fox Hound

Kingman has teenagers whose parents haven't invested the time to instill values and cultivate positive interests and hobbies on their children.

Lets put the blame where it belongs.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Conway

In the 30+ years I have lived in Kingman, I have never had a single christmas decoration stolen. I did lose a weed wacker though! I may just be lucky but I think it also depends on where you live in Kingman.

I once briefly stopped at a Home Depot in Mesa AZ and between the time I went in and came out, someone had ripped off one of my door handles on my SUV.

Crime happens everywhere and Kingman is no exception. Regardless, sorry for your loss and hope you can still enjoy the holiday season.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: The Voice of Kingman.

Originally a nice area. I'm very familiar with Nicole Av. after living there for a year and observing the locals spill over and trash our neighborhood, then return to theirs.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Desert Angel

I used to live in that neighborhood. Sad to say, they are not getting any better.
Get a dog, a big dog and alarm system if you wish. But beware, they may steal the dog next.
Kingman is a good place, just have to steer clear of the druggies.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

Very sorry for your loss but that is the direction "Chaparral Mesa" is going. Drive to the old part of Snavely Ave. say around the 2000 - 3000 block area and you will see what is going to become of the 3800 - 3900 block area. I am the last of the original homeowners on my street, most moved out when renters started moving in and bringing their barking dogs, non-running junk cars, a plethora of junk, loud Harley motorcycles, dirt bikes and of course their less than desirable friends visiting them. There was a time when you never saw a sheriff unit, heard a dog bark, had neighbors burglarized, vehicles damaged in a driveway or saw graffiti on the block wall fences, but this was before the lower class of people started renting here. I suggest if you plan on staying in Chaparral Mesa then get an alarm system along with cameras for your house, good luck.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Not All Like That

Mrs. Nelson

We aren't all heartless enough to do something like that. Don't give up on this ol' town yet!

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Sorry to hear

Geez, sorry to hear of the low life losers who stole your decorations. I hope you encounter more positive people in the coming year.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Way To Go Miner

That doesn't speak a whole lot for your neighbors. Welcome to the normal Kingman.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

Kingman has teenagers with nothing to do. So do all towns in America. I don't know where you came from but I'm sure the same thing could have happened there. Kids will be kids and they like to think that they can get away with something, and that is universal. Don't judge all Kingminites by the actions of a few dumb kids. Live here for a while and you'll find real things to complain about. Merry Christmas and all that jazz

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