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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.

8 News NOW wants to help you protect yourself and your neighborhood, so for an entire week, we've committed ourselves to producing reports that will give you a leg up when it comes to keeping your neighborhood safe.

Monday -- City to revisit law on short term rentals... Read More

Black Lives Matter rally draws hundreds in North Las Vegas

A Black Lives Matter rally drew hundreds of people to Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carey Avenue in North Las Vegas Saturday night.

The rally started around 8 p.m. with more than 100 people and grew as the evening continued. More than 40 police officers from North Las Vegas and Metro were at the rally.

At one point, some people taking part in the rally did rush into the intersection causing traffic concerns, but officers on horseback were able to move everyone back safely and keep traffic flowing... Read More

NLVPD: Toddler found unresponsive in pool dies

A 3-year-old child who was found submerged at the bottom of a swimming pool Monday night died Tuesday, North Las Vegas Police said.

The drowning happened around 8 p.m. in the 1100 block of Spottswood Avenue near E. Tropical Parkway and Bruce Street.

According to North Las Vegas Police, when officers arrived at the scene, witnesses told them that the people at the residence were having a 4th of July party where several people were swimming in the backyard pool, including the child.

Medical personnel arrived and transported the 3-year-old to University Medical Center's Pediatrics' ward where she was listed in extremely critical condition. However, on Tuesday, law enforcement officials were advised that the child died at the hospital that morning.

The 3-year-old's identity will be released later by the Clark County Coroner's Office.

No charges have been filed at this time. The fatal drowning is still under investigation... Read More

North Las Vegas marking opening of historic site at Kiel Ranch

North Las Vegas is marking the opening of a restored historic site at one of the first settled spots in the Las Vegas area.

Officials plan a Thursday ceremony at the 7-acre Kiel Ranch Historic Park.

The site is part of an original 240-acre homestead settled in the mid-1800s by Conrad Kiel near an ancient spring.

Artifacts suggest it was a Native American gathering spot long before Mormon missionaries arrived.

In the 1940s and 1950s, the ranch known as "Boulderado" was used by out-of-state residents taking advantage of Nevada's liberal divorce laws.

Kiel Ranch was placed on the list of the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Restoration began in May 2015 with a $2 million budget.

The park is off Carey Avenue between Losee (LOH'-see) Road and Commerce Street. ... Read More

Red Cross: Building collapses in North Las Vegas

The American Red Cross of Southern Nevada tweeted Friday that it was assisting people from a building collapse that happened in North Las Vegas.

It happened at an apartment complex near N. Las Vegas Boulevard and N. Webster Street.

The Red Cross said about 15 units were affected by the collapse. So far, the Red Cross has helped four people. However, that number may increase once people return home from work.

There wasn't any other information released.

This is a developing story. Refresh this page for updates.... Read More

Reporter does '10 min. Hot Seat Challenge' to bring awareness

With triple digit temps, it's more important now than ever to warn people of the dangers of leaving your kids or pets in a hot car. In just 10 minutes, the temperature inside the vehicle can jump almost 20 degrees.

To get spread the word and show just how dangerous these actions can be, local emergency responders challenged 8 News NOW Reporter Michael Stevens Wednesday to see if he could last 10 minutes inside a hot car... Read More

Visitors, residents brace for EDC gridlock

Hundreds of thousands of people will attend the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) this weekend. For attendees and Las Vegas residents, that means traffic delays heading to and from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

EDC visitors are ready to take in the sounds, the art and the party.

"Once you go in, everyone is friendly," said EDC visitor Ernesto Villaopando. "You just leave all your pressures from home away. It's a place to go release yourself."

As traffic to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway backed up along Las Vegas Boulevard Friday, nearby businesses took the gridlock in stride.

"The energy is high, because we have people walking around, looking good, I'd say," said Marshall Brandon with IFade Barber Lounge. "It lasts for three days, so I think it's no problem."

As long as people stay safe, they are free to enjoy the tunes.

"The main thing is being together, being one, being happy for the weekend," said EDC visitor Rudy Meza... Read More