I started my concersation with LVMPD Northwest Area Command Capt. Csaba Maczala on Wednesday with a simple question: What's going on in the northwest? He said a conversation about crime statistics has to start with homicide.
As of 12/5/'09, there had been 17 homicides in the NWAC in 2009. That's a 41.67% increase. Homicides are down for Metro overall, by 7.44%. Any police manager will tell you that homicide is one of the most difficult crimes to predict and prevent. Preventing other types of crimes, especially violent crimes, will help reduce the number of homicides. Metro is aldo working on its approach to domestic violence, since many homicides have a link to prior domestic violence incidents.