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Louisville's homicide rate off to a cold start in 2014

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- When the temperature drops, so does Louisville's homicide rate. That's at least one theory for why Louisville went 58 days without a murder until March 6.

Louisville's homicide rate is down in 2014, and homicide officials say the bitter cold weather could have played a small part.

"If you go over the past 20 years, our homicides in Jefferson County are anywhere from 48 to 75 and they fluctuate up and down," said Lt. Todd Kessinger.

WDRB sat down with Lt. Todd Kessinger of LMPD's Homicide Unit on Wednesday to talk about the decrease in Louisville's homicide rate.

At this time in 2013, Louisville had six murders, compared to just four this year.

Is it a trend or a coincidence?

Kessinger told WDRB it's hard to tell, but lower numbers are what they're after.

"Obviously, our goal is zero. We've already had four this year, so hopefully that's all we have," he said.

He says in 2013, Louisville had its lowest murder rate in a decade.

"Last year, we had 48 criminal homicides for the year. 20 of those occurred in July and August."

He says the summer months are usually more active which might explain why these first few months of 2014 have been fairly quiet.

"I think it's been so cold, that people just haven't been out. It does keep activity on the street at a minimum," he explained.

But the temperatures are only getting warmer and the streets are getting more active.

"It could be a reason that crime spikes up," he said.

But Kessinger says LMPD has active beat officers and that high visibility helps curve crime.

"They're out. They're riding a lot. You can see them in their cars and in their uniforms. I think that has an affect on crime in the community as a whole, not just homicides," he said.

Kessinger says in 2014 they hope to see a continued decrease in criminal homicides.

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