Homicides are up by nearly 70 percent across the Las Vegas valley, and violent crime overall is up by nearly 20 percent when you compare the numbers this year to last year.
In addition to homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, and assault and batteries are also trending higher. But that's not all.
The Las Metropolitan Police Department saw an increase of calls for squatters in all area commands last year except for the northwest which had a nearly 11 percent reduction.
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Neighborhood watch groups around the valley:
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