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November 25, 2015

2014 Las Vegas Arrest Report: More on Crime Statistics

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Burglary Statistics

In 2014, the FBI reported 187,474 arrests, setting the national average rate at 74.9 per 100,000 people.

Drilling down to Las Vegas:
– Regional figures for the West, however, showed an arrest rate for burglary of 98.1 per 100 people – 23.2 points higher.

– Nevada reported 2,736 arrests for burglary, a rate of 101.3 per 100,000 people – 26.4 points higher than the national average.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department statistics from 2013 showed 14,785 arrests for burglary, with a rate of 985.4, more than 900 points above 2014’s national average.

Nationally, arrests for larceny-theft outstripped burglary arrests about five to one, with 978,033 arrests for larceny-theft at a rate of 390.9 per 100,000 people. Locally:
– Regional figures for the West were lower, with 228,724 arrests at a rate of 327.6 – lower than the national rate by 63.3 points.

– Nevada reported 9,987 total arrests for larceny, with 84 percent of the arrests individuals 18 or older, putting Nevada’s rate at 369.8, still 21.1 points below the national rate for larceny-theft.

– Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department statistics from 2013 showed 26,548 arrests for larceny-theft at a rate of 1,769.3 per 100,000 people, 1,378.4 points above the national rate.

DUI ArrestsDriving Under the Influence in Las Vegas

Nationally, arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) decreased by 65.8 percent for minors but only by 21.3 for those 18 or over for an overall reduction of 21.8 percent. A total 872,184 arrests established a national rate of 348.6 per 100,000 people for 2014.

Here in Las Vegas:

– Regional figures for the West were higher, with 285,281 arrests for a rate of 408.6 per 100,000 people, 60 points above the national DUI arrest rate.

– Nevada reported 8,072 DUI arrests, with less than 1 percent of those minors under age 18 and an overall rate of 298.9, nearly 50 points below the national figure.

– Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department statistics from 2014 showed 4,500 DUI arrests, at a rate of 1,983.5 per 100,000 people. Of particular note is that the 4,500 arrests are a significant drop from 2012, when arrests totaled 7,700.

Metropolitan Police indicated that reductions in arrests were due to police budgetary constraints rather than a reduction in drinking and driving.

In an interview with Nevada Public Radio, police spokesmen identified DUI as a “community issue,” citing “southern Nevada citizens” having cocktails at home before heading to the Strip for dinner and entertainment as more of an issue than tourists.

Drug PossessionDrug Possession in Las Vegas

Nationally, drug abuse violations decreased by 39.2 for minors but only by 9 percent for those 18 or over for an overall reduction of 12 percent. Total arrests for drug offenses totaled 1,223,505, establishing a national rate of 489.0 for 2014. Drilling down to Las Vegas:

– Regional figures for the West were similar, with 342,431 arrests for a rate of 490.4, a difference of a mere 1.4 in points per 100,000 people.

– Nevada reported 12,508 drug offense arrests, with 8 percent of those minors and 92 percent individuals 18 or over. Nevada’s overall rate was 463.1 per 100,000 people, 25.9 points below the national rate for drug offenses.

– According to the Annual Report of the Nevada Judiciary, in 2014, Clark County’s Eighth Judicial District heard 5,583 misdemeanor drug possession cases. The Las Vegas Municipal Court alone heard 3,395 of those, making the rate of arrest for just that portion of the metropolitan area 1,496.4 per 100,000 people, misdemeanors alone were more than 1,000 points above the national rate for all drug charges combined.

Criminal DefenseDomestic Violence in Las Vegas

Nationally, offenses against women and children decreased by 33.6 percent. Arrests totaled at 79,556, with a national rate of 31.8 per 100,000 people. In many ways this is a difficult figure to track because states have disparate definitions and reporting criteria.

In addition, many domestic disputes involve juveniles, and in some cases, no arrest may be made.

To put statistics into perspective:
– Regional figures for the West were significantly lower, with 11,958 arrests reported for a rate of 17.1, nearly half the national rate.

– Nevada reported 948 arrests for offenses against women and children. Only 2.6 percent of arrests involved minors under age 18, and the total rate for all arrests for those offenses was 35.0 per 100,000 people, 3.2 points above the national rate.

– According to the Annual Report of the Nevada Judiciary, in 2014, Clark County’s Eighth Judicial District heard 5,531 domestic violence cases. The Las Vegas Municipal Court alone heard 3,532 of those, making the rate for just that portion of the metropolitan area 1,556.8 per 100,000 people, a far cry from the national arrest rate of 31.8.

– According to an article in the Las Vegas Sun, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department fielded 60,000 calls “from people saying they were being assailed by someone in their household.”

The article went on to say that the Clark County District Attorney’s Office “typically receives 10 to 20 new cases each day.” In many cases, an arrest is never made. Safe Nest, a shelter for abused individuals, helped about 30,000 women in 2013.