RJ crime reporter Rachel Crosby rode along with a trooper on New Year’s Eve, the busiest night of the year for the Nevada Highway Patrol.
The Metropolitan Police Department has seen at least 163 homicides within its giant jurisdiction this year. But would you believe, in that same span of space and time, almost 120 people were also killed in traffic crashes?
Each December, Metro typically sees a slight upswing in crime, including burglaries and robberies. Police say it’s because people tend to carry around more cash and cards, shop at different places at sometimes odd hours, and — while out of town — leave cards and messages in mailboxes and on front porches unattended, for anyone to snatch.
Squatting is a common issue in the Las Vegas Valley. But it’s not always an obvious problem to spot, said Lt. Nick Farese, who investigates squatting cases for the Metropolitan Police Department.
What happens if you’re trying to report a non-emergency — calling 311 instead of 911 — but never reach anyone?
This year, Las Vegas police have handled at least 143 homicides. That’s more than the 136 for all of last year.
A spokeswoman at Safe Nest calls domestic violence a “community issue.” Last year, domestic violence led to 32 homicides in Clark County.
Tears flowed recently when a new local chapter of the national organization Parents of Murdered Children gathered for National Day of Remembrance.