National and State Rape Trends

Rape is one of the highest impact crimes on American society. Its definition has changed over time and has recently become more inclusive (e.g., elimination of “forcible” from the definition, inclusion of males, etc.). This data summarizes rape rates over a 29-year period and potential factors associated with high and low rates.

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Homicide Clearance Rates

The total number of unsolved homicides grows each year in the United States. Despite this growth, little is known about the characteristics that impact the solvability of these crimes. This Stat Sheet examines these trends in the proportion of homicides known to the police that are “cleared” by an arrest (i.e., the solvability rates).

Human Trafficking: A Comparison of National and Nevada Trends

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, with millions of victims, especially women and children, reported globally. This Research in Brief describes the patterns of human trafficking in Nevada and compares them with national trends. It begins with a definition of human trafficking and then it examines the prevalence of human trafficking, types of incidents reported, and the characteristics of its victims. Human trafficking prevention strategies enacted by the state of Nevada are also discussed.

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Sexual Harassment and Violence at Music Concerts

Sexual harassment and violence frequently occur at music events in the United States, as well as internationally. Crowd dynamics, inadequate crowd monitoring, alcohol consumption, and other factors may contribute to the prevalence of harassment and assault in live music settings.

Perceptions of Disorder: Results from Two Las Vegas Tourist Locations

Over the past 30 years, much has been written about the negative consequences that minor disorders and quality of life offenses can have on public places. The purpose of this Research in Brief is to examine citizen opinions of personal safety, disorderly activity, and police presence at two locations in Clark County: The Fremont Street Experience and the Las Vegas Strip. This study also considers the demographic factors that may be relevant to individual perceptions of disorder, such as age, gender, race and residency status (i.e., Las Vegas Valley local vs. tourist).

School Violence and Prevention in Nevada

Violence in schools has become an increasingly prevalent concern for U.S. police, school administrators, and communities over the past several decades. This Research in Brief provides an assessment of a K-12 school shooting prevention effort in Clark County, Nevada. The School Violence Initiative (SVI) was developed and implemented in response to a series of school shootings that occurred between 2004 and 2008. While gun-violence was the initial focus of the effort, this research attempts to explore whether the SVI has impacted other forms of school violence.

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The Impact of Foreclosures on Neighborhood Crime in Nevada, 2006-09

U.S. foreclosures increased steadily between 2006 and 2009 following the national mortgage crisis. Nevada suffered the highest rate of state foreclosures during this time period. This State Data Brief provides an examination of foreclosures in Nevada and the impact of these events on crime in Nevada neighborhoods.

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Homicide Trends in Nevada, 1994-2015

Although the murder rate in Nevada has trended upward in recent years, it is still lower than the rate in 1994. This study looks at the characteristics of homicides in Nevada and in the nation.

Safety on Las Vegas Boulevard, 2018-2022

Safety concerns related to police calls for service, disorderly conditions, and unhoused individuals present numerous challenges for public officials. This Stat Sheet provides an overview of safety conditions on Las Vegas Boulevard from 2018-2022.

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Hate Crimes in Nevada and the United States (1991-2020)

A hate crime is a crime motivated by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity. The United States has seen an average of over 7200 hate crimes each year since 1991. Nevada has seen an average of 60 each year since 1991, but the annual amount has been on the rise in recent years. This stat sheet compares hate crime trends in Nevada to trends across the rest of the nation.

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Homelessness in the U.S.: Public Attitudes and Policy

The current policy brief summarizes public attitudes surrounding homelessness in Nevada and the U.S., identifies sources of variability in these public attitudes, and highlights the general arguments underlying the policy debate about homelessness and its control.

National and State Burglary Trends (1990-2019)

Burglaries are identified as “high property value crimes” due to how commonly police are asked to deal with them. The current document highlights national and Nevada burglary trends from 1990 to 2019. It also outlines some main risk factors associated with burglary.

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