Public Safety

Violent Crime

Violent crime can impact neighborhoods by creating a sense of insecurity and can lead to disinvestment in property and community. Additionally, crime rates can impact perceptions of resident safety and community involvement. An increased fear or mistrust of fellow citizens is also an unfortunate result of violent crime. Violent crimes include: aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder.

Source: United States Department of Justice & Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Crime in the United States" report

526

Violent Crimes per 100,000 in Clark County in 2019

494

Violent Crimes per 100,000 in Nevada in 2019

367

Violent Crimes per 100,000
in the U.S. in 2019

Violent crime rate in Southern Nevada at decade low, but still exceeds state and national levels.

A sharp decrease in reported robberies and murder led to Southern Nevada's violent crime rate to drop to their lowest levels this decade, according to the latest FBI data. However, reported aggravated assaults and rapes both increased slightly during the same period.

The overall decrease in 2019 continued the trend of declining rates following a spike in 2014 and 2015. However, at 526 violent crimes per 100,000 people, Southern Nevadans still experienced violent crime at a rate more than 40 percent higher than the average American in 2019. The violent crime rate nationally decreased approximately 5 percent from 2018 to 2019, and remains well below levels from the 1980s and 1990s.

While Southern Nevada has experienced a nearly 25 percent decrease in its violent crime rate since 2012, reported rapes have more than doubled during the same period (see chart at right). And while homicides in Southern Nevada dropped for the second consecutive year, they remain above 2012 numbers. 

While Southern Nevada’s crime rate is higher than the national average, it is well below the violent crime rate in Anchorage, Alaska, which has the highest violent crime rate in the country at 1,194 violent crimes per 100,000 residents.

*Data for total & aggravated assault unavailable for 2018.

Source: United States Department of Justice & Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Crime in the United States" report