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Old 05-31-2012, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Orange County, Hell
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Default Are these safe places to live in Henderson?

I need someone's help determining which of the following areas are "safe" to move into.

I'm planning to move to Henderson this summer, and the maximum I'm willing to spend on rent is $750/month for 6 months. This would give me enough time to test out the area and find work, and if I can't, return back to California.

Anyways, on CrimeView Community Incident Map : Las Vegas Metro Police Department I found that some places in Henderson have (what I see as) a lot of crime. Problem is, I have no idea what is considered "normal" crime and what is considered high crime. I want to know if these statistics should make me wary or if this is relatively low/normal. If you could tell me which ones I should stay clear from, and which ones seem normal. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post addressed to be more specific, so I'll leave them out for now.

Within a 60-day period, within a one mile radius, these were the statistics for particular areas in Henderson:

Area 1:
1 Narcotics

Area 2:
2 Assault/Battery

Area 3:
1 Recovered Motor Vehicle

Area 4:
1 Accident
1 Assault/Battery
1 Auto Burglary
4 Burglary
4 Stolen Motor Vehicles
2 Juvenile disturbance
7 Other

Area 5:
6 Traffic accidents
1 Burglary
7 Other
2 Recovered Motor Vehicle
1 Robbery
2 Stolen motor vehicle

Area 6:
7 Traffic accident
1 Assault/Battery
1 Auto Burglary
10 Burglary
1 Fight
1 Narcotics
4 other
3 Recovered Motor Vehicle
1 Robbery
4 Stolen Motor Vehicles

Area 7:
2 Traffic accident
1 Assault
6 Burglary
1 Narcotics
4 Other disturbances
2 Recovered Motor Vehicle
1 Robbery
2 Stolen Motor Vehicle

Area 8:
7 Traffic accident
2 Assault/Battery
6 Auto Burglary
11 Burglary
2 Juvenile Disturbances
7 Narcotics
19 Other disturbances
2 Recovered motor vehicle
3 Robbery
14 Stolen motor vehicle

Area 9:
2 Assault/Battery

As you can see, some seem inundated with crime while others barely showed any within those 60 days. I understand that 2 months and 1 mile is a limited sample, but let's assume this is for screening purposes only, and that I planned to speak with the police department before moving.

Thanks a bunch

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Old 05-31-2012, 08:02 PM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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Well, first of all, auto accidents are irrelevant, as are "recovered motor vehicles" which could have been stolen in another state, much less another city.

There's crime everywhere. I don't think any of those areas, for a city the size of Henderson, raise a red flag high enough to say don't live there.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Orange County, Hell
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Well, first of all, auto accidents are irrelevant, as are "recovered motor vehicles" which could have been stolen in another state, much less another city.

There's crime everywhere. I don't think any of those areas, for a city the size of Henderson, raise a red flag high enough to say don't live there.
Really? So 14 stolen motor vehicles within a 1-mile radius in the past 60-days doesn't raise a red flag?

Those numbers scared me out of considering the apartment.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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I can't seem to figure out where "area 9" is located on that map, but if there is a large casino or shopping areas within it, there will naturally be a greater incidence of auto theft.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Orange County, Hell
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I can't seem to figure out where "area 9" is located on that map, but if there is a large casino or shopping areas within it, there will naturally be a greater incidence of auto theft.
The address to area 9 is American Pacific Drive Henderson, NV 89074
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:33 PM
 
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The address to area 9 is American Pacific Drive Henderson, NV 89074
Actually your approach is fine and probably better than what you will get from the police. We always say talk to them. But if they talk too much the powers that be will help them understand why they should not.

Just get the map version of what you see. And look where they are. If there is a local casino or even a big blvd you may find all the crimes is there and can be ignored if your proposed dwelling is not nearby.

Burglaries and stolen cars are a good statistic for most neighborhoods. Distubances in the residental area is another red flag.

Heavy crime is generally not an issue unless there is a lot of it.

Pretty good approach if you have it narrowed down to a limited set of places.
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Vegas, baby, Vegas!
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A place is "Safe" until you are robbed or assaulted.
The site is FULL of people who live in the 'worse' parts of town who have nothing but praise how 'safe' it is.

Stop worrying about where to live, and start thinking how to live.

Jonathan
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:03 AM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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A place is "Safe" until you are robbed or assaulted.
The site is FULL of people who live in the 'worse' parts of town who have nothing but praise how 'safe' it is.

Stop worrying about where to live, and start thinking how to live.

Jonathan

True. And really good advice.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:42 AM
 
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Just my $0.02
I grew up in small towns in Washington and I rarely heard of much crime taking place. I later moved to Vancouver, Wa which is a good sized town with a (comparably) heavy crime element which is just a few miles north of Portland Oregon. I didn't live in a desireable area, but never once had an issue with crime.
Since then I've been living in the Charlotte, NC area and while crime happens a lot around here, again I haven't been a victim of it.
Have I been lucky? Yes. But I've also been smart.

When my wife and I decided we're going to move to Las Vegas I was really paranoid about the crime until I started thinking about my own history, and realized Vegas isn't going to be much different. There is crime everywhere (my parents still live in the same small town I grew up in and recently there have been a LOT of break ins in their neighborhood) you just have to be smart & prepared without allowing the paranoia and fear get to you.

Off of the list that the OP provided one thing I noticed they are all missing is the one that I am most concerned with, homicide. I don't want my house broken into, my wallet stolen or my car jacked, BUT all of that can be recovered, I worry more about my wife's safety. But even in areas with no reported homicide, rape or abduction, the rules are still the same. Just be smart and take whatever precautions you can without obsessing over them.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:00 AM
 
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Just one small comment to the "crime is everywhere" folk.

The crime rate by zip code in Las Vegas varies over 1000:1.

The neighborhood rate may well be two or three times that.

Those are big numbers which will be practically understood by residents of the areas.
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