Homicide, violent crimes on a dramatic rise in Las Vegas

New on Action News: A cry echoing throughout our valley.
We’re talking about a steep increase in violent crime.
People in the community aren’t just scared though. Everyone at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is worried too. And we’re talking from the Sheriff on down.  
Everyone agrees there’s a big problem, but they don’t agree on why.
Listen closely to these numbers. Comparing January through the beginning of March last year to the same time this year, Metro reports an 88% increase in homicides and up to 50% more violent crimes in certain areas of town.