Homicide rates decrease in both Yakima city and county

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Terrace Heights is one neighborhood of dozens in Yakima County to have seen police tape for a murder investigation.

Two years ago a man's body was found under a house there.

"It was wrong and shouldn't have happened," says Ryan Salinas, a man who lives nearby now.

Since 2010, the number of murders in the county has dropped by almost half. Cases go from 26 that year to 14 in 2012.

There's been a similar pattern in the city of Yakima. Police handled 11 murders in 2010, 7 last year and 6 in 2012, which is a 45 percent drop in two years.

Ryan says he feels safer in his neighborhood. He credits the police department.

"They've picked up the patrols and a lot of the communities help out each other by keeping an eye out," Salinas said.

He thinks the numbers will keep falling if people with concealed weapons use them properly.

"I do feel safer that there are people that are willing to do that and willing to protect themselves and their families," he said.

It's a trend people would like to see continue.