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 Where are the Safest Neighborhoods in Las Vegas?

The safest area of Las Vegas in 2024 will be similar to the safest areas of Las Vegas in 2023. The Las Vegas safest areas are where the new homes are being built. New construction home communities in the valley are the safest because numerous construction guards and cameras continuously monitor the neighborhood.

Since new homes are smart and wired for tech, security cameras are everywhere. Drive through a new construction home neighborhood and you’ll see cameras on most houses. Besides being high-tech, new neighborhoods haven’t been checked out by thieves yet due to there being fewer opportunities. People notice strangers.

Houses being built are on the outskirts of the Las Vegas Valley and are further from higher crime areas. I notice more new residents are in their garages, kids are out and about exploring, and people are walking and using the community features.

The Definition Of SAFE

Doesn’t everyone want to live in a “safe neighborhood in Las Vegas?” The problem I have about being specific is that what you and I consider “safe” can be very different. What makes an area safe, in your opinion?

In my opinion, the safest areas of Las Vegas in 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020 are still the safest areas today. What’s different in newer homes compared to older homes is technology. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD or Metro) has a tool called Vegas Safecam. Residents where security cameras owners register here.

When a crime is committed in your area, Metro contacts registered camera owners and asks them to check their footage from a particular date. With more evidence compiled, crimes are getting solved. Metro has another free service where they come to your home and point out ways to improve safety. The wait is usually lengthy, so book an appointment ASAP.

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What Type Of Crimes Are Common In Las Vegas?

Crime-wise, neighborhoods will always be bustling with residents. Amazon makes deliveries, and people accidentally leave their garages open. Crime may have increased, but most crimes in perimeter areas are “crimes of opportunity.” The safest areas of Las Vegas” are actually all over the valley – check the crime mapping links below.

Statistics are a little deceptive, so look at crime types. Most Las Vegas neighborhoods are perfectly fine until someone finds their quiet street and siphons gas or follows a delivery truck. Safe neighborhoods still have households with fighting and yelling or cars that blast music. Random violent crimes are in every neighborhood, no matter what the price point is.

In 2017, Las Vegas had what is still the largest mass shooting in the US. It was committed by someone from out of town, staying in a hotel, shooting people on the Strip at a concert. Totally random and unpredictable. The good news is that First Responders are more aware and better trained now as a result of it.

In 2023, there was a shooting at UNLV by a “not-hired” teacher. School security was there within 30 seconds. There was a disagreement with a shot fired at a shopping center during the holidays, and a policeman was there within 1 minute. What also makes me feel safe is that the Las Vegas Valley first responders are well trained and respond quickly.

Do I Need To Live In A Guard-Gated Community?

Guard-gated communities are safer because they have surveillance cameras, guards, and ID checks. They are also necessary if you desire a higher level of privacy. But people still work there, and thieves can jump the wall. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees.

The best guard-gated neighborhoods in Las Vegas still have porch pirates and young people checking for unlocked vehicles. They also have something grabbed out of an open garage by a neighbor’s “guest.” Crime incidents don’t necessarily mean that a neighborhood isn’t safe for walking at night.

Entry gates on a neighborhood are only a deterrent. People can figure out how to enter most communities. As real estate agents, we look for security cameras when we analyze an existing neighborhood.

We find that most Las Vegas perimeter zip codes are the safest areas despite occasional crimes. We want you to be able to walk around your neighborhood without being assaulted and where hearing a gunshot is rare. That is completely doable.

Regardless of the neighborhood you choose, we recommend using caution to avoid setting yourself up for a “crime of opportunity.” Knowing your neighbors helps.

How Big is the Las Vegas Police Department?

In general, Las Vegas is known for being a safe community with a strong police presence. Not only do we have the City of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, but there are also Henderson Police and the North Las Vegas Police Department.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Department merged with the Las Vegas Police Department in 1973, forming the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. With Metro handling unincorporated Clark County and the City of Las Vegas, they police over 1/2 of the valley.

safest Area In Las Vegas Living in Nevada Benefits of Las Vegas Tax ratesThe Nevada Highway Patrol headquarters is in Las Vegas. Besides city and county police forces, Las Vegas has a large 24-hour private security force located in every hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Roving security is popular in many communities and neighborhoods.

Special events are staffed with on-duty and off-duty police who are friendly toward attendees. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is continuously recruiting. Do you know anyone who might like a Las Vegas Police Department job?

Las Vegas Makes The News

The nightly news around the country tends to sensationalize crime in Las Vegas. Las Vegas, is attention-grabbing and makes a good headline. Don’t be fooled by headlines, and don’t mix up the Strip with the rest of the city.

The Strip is one famous street with lots of people, in a 600-square-mile valley. Strip traffic, crime, or tourists don’t affect my life, and we only live 10 minutes from the Strip.

Furthering the negative Las Vegas image, crimes vs police officer numbers per capita are skewed. National crime report comparisons don’t include the 300,000ish tourists that visit every day in the county population count. By not including hotel guest occupancy, every crime statistic is skewed.

Despite hotel guests not being included in population numbers, their crimes and driving accidents are. You’ll notice on crime maps that high-density housing and alcohol use contribute significantly to crime in the valley.

One benefit of casinos charging for parking is that there is more electronic monitoring, which tends to help reduce vehicle thefts. Parking garages used to be fantasy shopping for car thieves.

How Bad Is Crime on the Las Vegas Strip?

During the pandemic, crime on the Las Vegas Strip changed. When Las Vegas opened back up, room rates had fallen to $25-$50 a night. The demographics of tourists in Las Vegas changed to a more violent and destructive population, finally letting off steam. Room rates were raised to quickly remedy this problem, and additional security was added.

At other times, gangs may bring trouble with them from surrounding states. And with the common nickname of “Sin City,” some people think that committing a crime is ok. The reality is that Las Vegas has a gazillion security cameras that are monitored by experts 24/7.

As a bonus, casinos use facial recognition programs at entrances and often catch national and international fugitives. Those “eyes in the sky” look for many things, and highly trained security acts fast. Another high Las Vegas crime statistic is sexual assaults. Clubbing, drugs, and alcohol contribute greatly to these statistics.

How Safe are Las Vegas Hotels?

Las Vegas is honored to host a Homeland Security Terrorist Division. Homeland Security regularly trains all hotel and hospitality staff around the city. Hotel staff are aware and educated employees, which makes Las Vegas safer for everyone.

Hotels take crime and safety seriously. Everyone from management to the valet parking staff is trained to notice red flags. Guns and firearms are now required to be checked in at each hotel’s security office. Every hotel employee looks for violators, and rooms are entered by an employee every 24 hours, without exception.

Crime along the Strip corridor will generally occur in parking lots and dark alleys. If you stay in well-lit areas with other people around, you are basically safe. If you are drunk and walking alone outside, you may not be safe. After winning a large jackpot, use common sense and ask security to escort you to your car or hotel room. Most casinos will pay jackpots with a check upon request.

Living on The Las Vegas Strip

las vegas safest area in Las VegasLiving on the Las Vegas Strip is both convenient and exciting. The luxury high-rise condominiums off Las Vegas Blvd. were designed with “safety first” as a built-in feature.

Add in private roving guards and security cameras, and living on the Las Vegas Strip is pretty great. Secure elevated parking garages, concierge services, and valet parking further the safety of the residents.

Walking on the Las Vegas strip may get crowded during evenings and on weekends, but it’s generally safe. Fat green steel pylons every few feet along the sidewalks prevent pedestrians from being hit by cars.

Escalators leading to pedestrian bridges eliminate the need to cross busy intersections, so there are very few opportunities for vehicular injury on the Las Vegas Strip. Do not J-walk!

What Is the Safest Area of Las Vegas?

One-fourth of the Las Vegas Valley is Henderson, Nevada. Henderson is often in the Top 10 and consistently named “The 2nd Safest City in America” by publishing giants. Including Forbes, Law Street Media, and InsuranceProviders.com.

Henderson’s safety rating is due to many factors. Henderson is the safest city in the Las Vegas Valley, and it costs more to live there. It’s also the safest city in Nevada.

Cities are built from the center out. That means that newer developments are currently being built around the perimeter. Downtown, USA, is typically the oldest part of every city. Housing in any Downtown area is older and accommodates a high population density.

Separated by Harry Reed International Airport, Henderson is 10 miles southeast of Downtown Las Vegas. In 1978, Green Valley in Henderson became the first master-planned community in Henderson, Nevada. There are now over 50 master-planned communities in Henderson. It’s pretty, and almost every house has an association fee. These factors attract higher-income residents.

Henderson has the highest income demographics in Clark County, NV. There are many upscale golf communities in Henderson and good-paying jobs. Businesses include Amazon, Google, and the Las Vegas Raiders headquarters.

Master Planned Communities In Henderson

Henderson’s planning department realized that the city is automatically master-planned with side-by-side master-planned developments. Homes in a master-planned community will cost more because of open areas and community facilities. They also knew that the type of residents living in the community changes with the cost of homes and rents.

The average age of homes in Henderson is 20 years old. In recent years, new homes in Henderson have mainly been built in the hills, raising costs. Home prices for a house with a city view or in a golf course community are targeted toward wealthier professionals.

Gated and guard-gated communities are another reason for safety in Henderson. Over 40% of homes for sale in Henderson are in gated or guard-gated neighborhoods. Many communities have planned activities for youth, supporting a strong family unit. Schools are top quality, with many nearby private schools and schools for higher learning.

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What Were the Safest Zip Codes in Las Vegas in 2023?

Historically, the Safest Zip Codes in Las Vegas are around the outside of the valley. If the highest crime is in the oldest downtown area, the lowest crime should be in the newest areas of Las Vegas. The additional costs associated with living in a master-planned community attract higher-income residents. The perimeter zip codes will typically be the safest and have the most gated and guard-gated communities.

The most popular zip codes in Las Vegas for safety are Summerlin zip codes and Henderson zip codes. See our Las Vegas zip codes map page with 7 interactive maps to search for homes. You’ll find that Summerlin covers the entire west side of the valley in the hills. We love Summerlin. The valley’s southern hills and Henderson are also higher-end and safer areas of town. Southwest Las Vegas is filling in some low-density land parcels and businesses are booming.

The very lowest crime zip codes in Las Vegas include: 89149, 89129, 89138, 89134, 89144, 89148, 89141, 89052, 89012. Search for homes for sale by zip code. With 90 zip codes in Las Vegas, areas in proximity to the above zip codes are also considered very safe.

If your budget requires a more affordable area, there are also affordable areas with minimal crime all over the valley. Call us and we can talk about the safer zip codes in Las Vegas.

Crime Stats are now available from Metro by zip code. I’m impressed that the crime numbers from a year ago have continually declined while the population has grown. Unfortunately, no matter where you live in America, where there are people, there will be crime.

What Is The Best Area Of Las Vegas?

Every area has “safer” or safe neighborhoods in it. Let’s see where you want to live and if it’s safe. If it looks bad, we can find a neighborhood nearby that will suit you better. We consider a safe neighborhood in Las Vegas to be one with fewer violent crimes.

There’s often a compromise between the size of a house vs. the cost of the home for sale in Las Vegas. Sometimes, people will give up a bedroom and buy a smaller house in a lower crime area. What we think is important is that the home and area work for your lifestyle.

Summerlin Vs. Henderson

Summerlin is a great area to live in for beauty, temperature, and lower crime, but also important is its low traffic. We love Henderson and living on the hill with views of Red Rock Canyon and spectacular city views. Shopping and dining are established, and so is medical.

The biggest problem in Henderson is that going up and down Eastern Boulevard on weekdays is time-consuming. The 215/Eastern interchange is currently being redone to accommodate higher traffic. In the meantime, it can be pretty backed up.

Most newer houses are in Master-Planned Communities. Master plans are typically built for every age with a variety of sizes and prices. There is typically an affordable neighborhood, a custom (semi-custom) home high-end neighborhood, and everything in between.

A community center and/or park provide recreational activities for the area. They are designed to encourage an active outdoor lifestyle for every member of the community.

What are the Weekly Las Vegas Crime Statistics?

Below there are links to reports about crime rates for the entire Las Vegas Valley. As you can see, crime is prevalent in the older areas of town with higher-density housing. As you move away from the downtown area, crimes tend to be less violent.

crime mapping for safest areas in Las Vegas Henderson North Las VegasPeople have more cameras on their driveways and doors, deterring crime. However, people also report more crimes because there is video proof. Murder is not common. Armed robbery is also rare.

After months of waiting, on July 15, 2022, Las Vegas Metro finally opened its own private website with crime stats. The goal is to provide more data and transparency to citizens. I really like this site – when it works.

Here are the Las Vegas Crime links: 

Las Vegas Metro Crime Report and Maps

Link to Weekly Henderson and North Las Vegas Crime Reports Below:

You can enter an address or zip code on the above crime report maps to investigate further.

If the above map links don’t have the information you’re looking for, the next best website is the 2021 Clark County Crime Stats. There are numerous graphs and charts. The city’s northwest, west, southwest, and southeast areas are generally what we consider the safest areas of Las Vegas to live in.

What are the Crime Statistics For Las Vegas For The Year?

It’s obvious that there is a lot of celebrating, often with alcohol consumption taking place on The Strip. Sexual assault reports were twice the national average. A lot of people on one street using alcohol in close proximity have more assaults. Remember that Las Vegas crime includes tourists and the Strip Corridor.

With so many exotic cars and valet parking, car theft is twice the national average. However, since parking garages started charging to park, theft has gone down. See Metro Crime Stats.

I found the Clark County Crime Stats (see above Metro link) interesting. They have separated crimes by type and zip code and show a few years. I think it’s good that they’ve moved beyond stats from the pandemic. Remember as you look, most crime in Las Vegas happens on the Strip. Residents living in the suburbs experience a completely different lifestyle than visitors.

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What are the Safest Neighborhoods to Live in?

To find the safest areas of Las Vegas, first, you’ll want to check the crime maps. Once you’ve found the safest areas of Henderson, North Las Vegas, and Las Vegas, find houses in your price range.

Use our interactive Las Vegas Zip Codes Maps 2024.

Call us and put us on your team. Let us be your tour guide as well as your real estate and new construction pros. One household can ruin a neighborhood for all the neighbors (crime-wise). Our teenage neighbor races his Camero around corners and does doughnuts, making circular tire marks at every nearby intersection.

We do not live in a “bad neighborhood,” but it is quite annoying sometimes. Police cannot do anything. It makes me think about what the definition of a “bad neighborhood” really is. What’s your definition of a bad neighborhood?

Please investigate – we can not legally do this task for you. We have lived in Summerlin North and Summerlin South, Northwest and Southwest Las Vegas, and Henderson for 30+ years. Crime has never been a problem for us. I moved from Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley in 1992-1993, after the LA Riots. To me, the Las Vegas Valley was, and still is, a welcome change of lifestyle.

The Feeling of Safe Neighborhoods

We feel extremely safe walking anywhere for miles around when we leave home. Residential neighborhoods and shopping centers where we have lived are well-maintained and secure. We also don’t venture into higher crime areas at 3 AM. There are no “gangs” at most local parks in the valley. In general, people smile and are friendly.

Most violent crimes in residential areas tend to be isolated incidents with domestic violence and disputes. For most residents, Las Vegas is about quality of life, being happy, and having fun.

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This blog was written by Terri Grosse. Terri has been a top-producing Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas real estate agent for 29 years. Together with her husband, Kurt, they work with the goal of protecting their clients. With their combined construction, negotiation, and contractual knowledge and skills, you want them on your team.

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