Crime in Las Vegas

Here is a graphic that color codes the incident levels of the various zip codes in Las Vegas. We chose incidents because they most represent the actual annoyance felt by most of us by nuisance crime and disturbances. They also correlate very well with violent crime. The only significant differences will be on the borders between the classes. Some of the mixed neighborhoods have lots of nuisance but little violence and move up at the expense of the more staid neighborhoods.

Baically Green is the best 25%, Yellow the next 25%, Orange the next and Red the worst 25%


Here is a PDF version that is likely easier to


This presentation is the first that includes all zip codes in the Valley. We have used the data from the crime view sites run by Metro, Henderson Police Department and the North Las Vegas Police Dept. the zip code data from Metro and the North Las Vegas Police Department. The presentation by the three sites is not the same so we have had to use a little windage. This data however has a very wide range so the relative magnitudes should be similar. enough. Note that it is not the same as the FBI definition so you can't compare these to the national numbers...The comparison within a given Police Dept is probably pretty good. The comparison between Departments is not as precise. . The populaton data is the July 2007 data built by Clark County using housing data. It is far and away the best and most timely estimate we have had.

This view includes Henderson which seems to have the best data of the Departments. the data has been manipulated to make it comparable. How I did this will be published here along with the raw data and the manipulations done. If you really want to know how the sausage was made go there.

Note that zip codes are a crude measure. The highest crime area in town 89109 actually has two completely different mechanisms...the huge number of tourist on the strip is one part and a very nasty area to the northern end the other. I think the strip piece to actually be quite safe...but the northern piece is pretty dangerous.

Unless having good local knowledge I would avoid the red and pretty much the orange. Go for the green and fall back to the yellow. For the knowledgable there are some quite nice localities in the orange and even in the red. But you need to know what you are doing.

Violent Crimes

For the moment we are going to punt on violent crime. In general it tends to be strongly central city oriented. We have examined the CrimeView data and reached the obvious conclusion that the boys are cooking the books. There have, for instance, been no Homicides anywhere in Las Vegas for the last 60 days. We doubt that. Lilewise you apparently cannot commit a rape in the Metro jurisdiction. We also doubt that. We would try to cobble together a view but consider the data too suspect for that. The North Las Vegas data is much better but we need Metro for anything meaningful.

Burglary -

One of the things that drives the homeowner crazy is burglary. And burglary has a significantly different pattern than overall crime..

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The pattern is vastly more distributed than crime in general. Now we see red outside the central city and orange out to the borders. Even Summerlin and Desert Shores are impacted. And some of the rougher neighborhoods do relatively well. The overall range is about 10 to 1. And the range for the middle..the yellow and orange is less than 2:1. So a few quite good...a few quite bad...and a widely dispersed but relatively uniform middle.

Stolen Cars

Here is a similar map considering only stolen cars. The range by zip code is over 20 to 1. The strip, downtown and nearby areas are much of the problem. The red zips are over half the stolen cars.

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Crime in Las Vegas is always of much interest. Here are three offerings to help assess crime.


US Crime Cities of above 100,000

Violent Crime by Zip Code

Burglary by Zip Code

Some Observations:

Total crime in Las Vegas is below the median city.

Violent crime is relatively high but still not among the worst cities.

Car thefts are in the middle third. Reasonable good for a southwestern city.

The US Cities data is extracted from Table 4 of the FBI Crime data for 2012

The Crime maps are 2011 data using 2010 population. They don't change greatly from year to year. We will likely not update until the 2015 crime data.