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Las Vegas Security & Crime

With a crime rate of 147 per 1,000 residents, Las Vegas has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is 1 in 7. Within Nevada, more than 90% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Las Vegas.

With a population of about 478,868, Las Vegas has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Las Vegas does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Las Vegas.

However, according to the Las Vegas Police Department, violent crime in North Las Vegas declined 9% in 2008 from the previous year with the sharpest drop in homicides. Property crimes also slid 10% lower than in 2007, led by a decrease in motor vehicle thefts. Robbery was down 15% and aggravated assault was down 4% year to year.

In total, the most serious violent and property crimes declined 9% from 10,001 in 2007 to 9,051 in 2008.

The department reported 28 murders in 2007 and just 13 last year, for a 54% drop. Rape was the only violent crime that increased from 56 to 61 cases in the same period.

Bait cars used by the multi-jurisdictional auto theft task force VIPER (Vehicle Investigations Project for Enforcement and Recovery) helped lead to the 28% drop in motor vehicle thefts. In 2008, 1,630 vehicles were reported stolen, down from 2,250 the year before.

The department has formed two Problem Solving Units that saturate neighbourhoods experiencing a unique crime wave.





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