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Violent crime on the Strip up 13 percent but trending down since March peak

Shot fired on Las Vegas Strip (Faith Jessie | KSNV)

While violent crime on the Las Vegas Strip is up 13-percent from this time last year, police say the violent crime rate has actually been trending down dramatically since it peaked in March.

On Monday morning, a suspect was arrested after a violent outburst on the Strip led to gunfire in front of the Bellagio. No one was injured. The suspect was quickly arrested, highlighting the quick response of police.

Currently, there are roughly 230 officers dedicated to helping keep the Las Vegas Strip safe.

LVMPD Captain John Pelletier is in charge of the Convention Center Area Command. His job: keeping the Strip corridor safe for its 43 million visitors and locals alike.

"The vision of the station is to crush crime and care about the community and we take that literally," said Capt. Pelletier.

So far this year, the substation has seized 114 guns, which is up 10-percent from this time last year.

"If you get those guns off the street then you know that gun can't be used to commit a crime," said Pelletier.

While police say violent crime on the strip is up 13-percent overall from last year, Pelletier said the crime rate has actually been trending down dramatically since it peaked in March.

That's the same month when Adam Armandi witnessed a deadly shooting on an RTC bus just steps away from the Cosmopolitan.

"We all kind of ran into the casino here and it was pretty wild and sad and pretty graphic," said Armandi.

Monday morning brought another shooting nearby, but this time, no one was killed.

"Yeah, it's very concerning to me, especially myself and my wife work down here and we want to make sure we're safe and able to our jobs," said Armandi.

As for Pelletier, he said the department is under clear direction from the Sheriff to crack down on violent crime and keep it down.

"We're going to do our damnest to make sure that those crime numbers go in the right direction and we make this community as safe as it can be, period," said Pelletier.

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