Las Vegas High On List Of Most Dangerous Cities In Nevada
When it comes to excitement, Las Vegas doesn’t always dole out the good kind.
We are a bustling city full of lights, entertainment, and world class food. But like any big city, Las Vegas has a darker side to her. In fact, a recent study of 2023 crime statistics shows Las Vegas is climbing as one of the most dangerous cities in Nevada.
According to the Southwest Journal, Nevada is one of the riskiest states in the whole country when it comes to violent crime. Which means crime that involves harm to another person. Theft, crimes involving drugs, and property crime are not considered violent. Assault, battery, and murder are examples of violent crime.
Those of us who live in Southern Nevada might be surprised to hear Las Vegas can be so dangerous.
Because Las Vegas is a big place, and getting bigger by the day. And there are many areas of town that you can live in for years and never see a single violent crime. But there are other areas, especially around Las Vegas Boulevard, that aren’t so safe. The high flow of money in Las Vegas casinos is a tempting target for a lot of criminals. And some neighborhoods closer to the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas are not always places you want to be alone after dark.
The Southwest Journal reported in May that Las Vegas was on the list of most dangerous cities in Nevada. Although we didn’t land at the top of that list, which looked specifically at crime rates. The study showed that Las Vegas has a crime rate of 28.21 per thousand people. Elko has 34.48. And Lovelock has an astounding crime rate of 63.45 per 1000 people. North Las Vegas did better with a crime rate of 21.19. And Henderson was reported the least dangerous city in Nevada, with a crime rate of only 17.13. On the list of top 10 unsafe cities in the Silver State, Las Vegas was pretty much right in the middle.
You can check out the entire study from Southwest Journal here.