Recently released FBI statistics rank Nevada as the second highest violent crime state.
The violent crimes include
Although the news is disturbing, the FBI website cautions that the “rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, tribal area, or region”. They also say that a careful study and analysis is required to gain a better understanding into the levels of crime in each state.
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Looking just at the raw numbers reported, the three states with the highest levels of violent crime, based on reported crimes per 100,000 residents are:
In addition to the cautionary statement from the FBI, experts also advise against reading too much into the numbers saying that the numbers do not reflect the individual nuances of each state, such as tourism.
If violent crimes are filtered out of the casino traffic in Reno, for example, the local crime rates decrease and are more inline to the rest of the nation, according to Emmanuel Barthe, a criminal justice professor at the University of Nevada Reno
That might not be much of a comfort to those living in Nevada or are considering relocating to Nevada.
The good news is that overall violent crime rose just under 1% nationally in 2012.