NV’s Big Crime Increase: Meth, Population Rise Blamed


Police in southern Nevada traced a spike in violent crime last year to the rise in the methamphetamine trade, reports the Associated Press. “All of the law enforcement agencies [] have seen the methamphetamine problem drive robberies, aggravated assaults, car burglaries, and thefts,” Henderson< Nv., police spokesman Keith Paul said. Police reported a 32.2 percent rise in violent crimes in Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County in 2006. The numbers far exceeded the 1 percent national increase in violent crime rate per 100,000 residents, and showed crime rates continuing a two-year upward trend since 2004. “A lot of big cities in America are seeing the same challenge,” said Sheriff Doug Gillespie, who heads the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. “We see a younger, more violent segment of our society that is quicker to resort to violence.” Las Vegas police saw armed robbery rates skyrocket 50 percent and aggravated assault climb more than 23 percent. North Las Vegas police spokesman Sean Walker cited the city’s status as one of the fastest growing in the nation: “We’re having a lot of people move to our city, and it creates more opportunities for people to be victimized.”

Link: http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nevada/2007/sep/25/092510679.html

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