INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Get ready for more patrol cars, Incline Village.
The Washoe County Sheriffs Office and Nevada Highway Patrol plan to increase their law enforcement presence in Incline Village, beginning today through April 1, officials have announced.
Residents can expect additional motorcycle and vehicle patrol cars throughout the community, said WCSO Deputy Armando Avina, as the departments roll out an initiative called “Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety,” which integrates location-based crime and traffic crash data to determine effective methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources.
“The goal is to saturate the area with additional motors, and the goal is to more so enforce and educate,” Avina said. “With the lack of snow, we are seeing a lot more people walking and driving up there.
“Highway 28 through Incline Village is pretty much a super highway for vacationers and out-of-towners. Often, it's not our residents who are the ones committing the crimes.”
Incline Village has been identified as a site for deployment of the Data Driven approach, officials said, based on historical crime and motor vehicle accident data compiled by the sheriff's office.
Avina said Friday's announcement isn't in immediate reaction to the Friday, Dec. 30, incident here that claimed the lives of Robert C. Mathis and Linda Mathis, both 46, of Incline Village. According to previous reports, the Mathises were killed after being struck by a truck while attempting to cross Highway 28 at or very near a pedestrian crosswalk.
“This data is about historical trends, not just recent events,” Avina said.
And the move isn't just in reaction to pedestrian and traffic safety trends, Avina said; extra vehicles will also patrol neighborhood streets in attempt to deter criminals from vehicle or residential burglaries, which have been on the rise in the area, mainly due to people not locking their doors.
The Data Driven initiative has been rolled out in other county areas in the past, Avina said, including Sun Valley and Spanish Springs.
“If we saturate an area, people tend to be more safe. They'll use their blinkers; they'll fully stop at stop signs if they know an officer is going to be there,” Avina said.
Friday's news comes just one day after NHP announced plans to increase enforcement efforts on pedestrian and crosswalk violations over the next several weeks in Incline Village and other areas in Washoe, Lyon and Douglas counties.
The Data Driven initiative is supported by a partnership among the Department of Transportation's National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and two agencies of the Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Justice.