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Old 08-08-2011, 11:12 PM
 
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Tonite, I was waiting on line at the TMobile store by my house in Chicago burbs and struck up a conversation with a semi-retired guy in line too.

Nice fellow, who was leaving LV after 5 years. I asked how he liked it, and he listed all the thing he loved about it: The weather, the lack of bugs, the restaurants and deals on food, the sunshine, low cost of housing, no state income tax etc.

"So why are you moving?" I asked.

His reply was one word: Crime.

He talked about his actual fear of crime in LV, how bad it had gotten, the high unemployment creating more desperate people, a growing homeless problem, not being able to wear nice jewelry or anything 'flashy', car theft soaring, and on and on.

I know LV is not perfect, no place is, but I was honestly surprised. yes, it's only one man's opinion, but I have to ask: Is it really that bad?
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:21 PM
 
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I know LV is not perfect, no place is, but I was honestly surprised. yes, it's only one man's opinion, but I have to ask: Is it really that bad?

Not all at. I'm guessing this particular guy lived in a bad neighborhood and had some unfortunate experiences. Most of the city is rather safe. Statistically, I think Vegas falls pretty much in the middle of other major US cities.
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:24 PM
 
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No.
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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I think our crime rate is probably up a little due to the high unemployment, but what you heard is a very big exaggeration.
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:25 AM
 
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I live in a supposedly "red" area of town and experience zero crime. There are however shootings and violent crime making the news virtually every day though.
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Old 08-09-2011, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Paradise/Las Vegas
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Its bad,but then it's not.Hard to explain.And it depends where you are org from.I mean it's not Compton/South LA 1992,but its not all perfect and crime free;it's a big city so expect it.Also if you lived in LV sense like the 80's or 90's you may think its getting pretty crazy because it turned into a big city and before it was pretty calm then.
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Old 08-09-2011, 01:31 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies...it's good to hear it's not so bad. I did forget to ask him what part of town he was in. He did say if he ever moved back, it would only be to Henderson, since he thought it was safer.
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Old 08-09-2011, 02:45 AM
 
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I know LV is not perfect, no place is, but I was honestly surprised. yes, it's only one man's opinion, but I have to ask: Is it really that bad?
Nah. It's all a matter of perspective.

Like any big city, there's good & bad areas. I came from Chicago mostly for positive reasons (weather, lots of poker, low cost of living/housing), but part of why I left was the corruption & to a lesser extent crime. I'm well aware that Las Vegas doesn't have a saintly reputation, but Chicago's far worse in terms of corruption (not all of it's obvious - some of it's subtle & government sanctioned). Just as you wouldn't go into West Chicago or parts of the south side by yourself at night, there's parts of Las Vegas that are better avoided or traveled only during the day. A lot of Las Vegas is typical residential with a few exceptions - like seeing slot machines in grocery stores

I've been here almost 3 years (with frequent trips back to Chicago) & will take Las Vegas any day. Chicago's a very enjoyable big city & I miss some things, but mostly it's good friends I miss. Las Vegas has great weather - locals complain how cold it is in January when it's 45-50 degrees & sunny, that's a heat wave for me! Cost of living is very low & housing very affordable, the tough part is finding a secure job that pays well. If you can handle that & avoid the temptations the city offers, you'll likely do well & enjoy it a great deal. If, however, you have an addictive personality & difficulty doing things in moderation ... well, the gambling & easy access to alcohol at Casinos, strip clubs & other temptations of the city may get the best of you. Thankfully, that hasn't been an issue for me.

You won't find the ballet or symphony here, but there IS ready access to plenty of shows & a number of them are enjoyable. There is free entertainment too, depending on your preference. My girlfriend & I still find the Bellagio fountains enjoyable - a serene, enjoyable way to end an evening after a nice dinner. Although there's no Lake Michigan (my place in Chicago was close to the lake), there's sooo much more beautiful scenery around here. I love seeing the mountains every day, Mt. Charleston's not that far away - Red Rock & Valley of Fire are nearby as well. I'm looking forward to getting to Death Valley & the Grand Canyon soon, both of which are nearby (I haven't been to either.)

If you come from Chicago, you'll probably bring some street smarts. That's good, as one of the negatives here is you'll run into what I call 'angle-shooters', people always looking for an edge or a way to get ahead at the expense of others. If you're a little wary & watch for them, you'll be fine. Not everyone here is an angle-shooter, there are plenty of great people too - but it probably helps if you can read people effectively to know the difference. Angle-shooters exist everywhere (Chicago too) but they're likely more prevalent here with the Casinos & gambling culture.

It's not perfect here - but what place is? There's a lot to like here & I've grown to enjoy it more over time. That's probably more than you were asking, but hope it helps.
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:55 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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I've been here 5+ years and have experienced no crime - aimed at me that is.
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Old 08-09-2011, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Sunrise
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Our Acura with 160,000 miles was stolen out of our driveway within a few months of moving here. A neighbor was burglarized recently. The thief/thieves smashed the slider with a crowbar to gain access.

Idiot taggers abound in the neighborhoods west of ours. Occasionally, police helicopters buzz the neighborhood looking for someone.


But personally, I'm more worried about being killed by someone running a red light than by a home invasion.
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