Not Getting Murdered Has Been Harder to do This Year in The Coachella Valley

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Congratulations!!! You made it through the first half of 2014 alive! If you live in The Coachella Valley, that was actually much harder to do this year as homicides were way up. KESQ reports:

Across the Coachella Valley there have been 20 homicides reported in 2014 so far, compared to 15 in all of 2013. Police departments report four homicides in Coachella, three in Desert Hot Springs, two in Palm Springs, and one in each city including Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Mecca, Thousand Palms and one in an unincorporated area of Riverside County near Indio, according to Alberto Martinez, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department public information officer.

And it was not a good year for one valley city in particular:

Indio tops the list of most murders committed in the Coachella Valley this year.

“So far this year we’ve had six homicides,” said Sgt. Daniel Marshall, of Indio Police Department. “Last year we had three.”

But not all the news is bad for Indio, other crimes in the city declined.

Marshall said that’s thanks to the department’s team effort and community outreach.

“The proof of how effective our programs are is the reduction of the other crime statistics so far year to date,” said Marshall.

In summary: less pickpocketing, but more murdering – hey, you take what you can get.  Just be glad you are alive enough to read this article.

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