Is There a Lot of Crime in Henderson, Nevada? (What you should know)

As someone who lived in Henderson I never really heard much crime even serious ones of murder. Henderson has a pretty good police force from what I remember and even while driving I never saw anything reckless until I drove to Las Vegas.

Henderson doesn’t have a lot of crime. In fact a report on a crime study followed by ABC News 13, Henderson was voted the second safest city leaving the country! The data of crime rates was provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Data Set from Return A.

It’s really awesome how well kept Henderson has been and how it continues to hold up it’s reputation to this day. Below I’ll have more information on the crime study was conducted as a whole by the FBI-UCR. Then I’ll go into more detail on how Henderson keeps up with it’s policies on being safe.

A Victory In Crime Study

AdvisorSmith has the most information on how the crime study was conducted. The study was conducted by the FBI in their Uniform Crime Reporting Data unit collecting the crime data from 2018 and realisting it in September 2019. The crimes listed in the report were based on violent crimes such as:

  • Robbery 
  • Assault
  • Rape
  • Murder
  • Property crimes: burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft

The Study Conducted

The study included examining data from over 3,383 cities based on the safety ranking that was followed up by their crime score. A proprietary crime score was made to weigh the different crimes based on the severity that took place in the crime. Violent crimes were obviously weighing out more. The study excluded towns with over 10,000 in population as cities with less than 100,000 were seen as small cities and populations ranging 100k-300k were considered midsized. The numbers were organized into data by the city population which was put into 3,107 smallest cities, 214 midsize cities, and 62 of the largest cities.

The data was set monthly to provide the best accurate results. This excluded cities with only six months or less data already substituting cities that provided six months but less than 12 months of data. The months were scaled up and reported to the correct amount of crime for the year.

Results From The Study

The study tabulated both violent and property crimes per 1,000 residents while also providing a proprietary crime score based on adding a multiplier for more serious crimes being murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The crimes were added to simple assault and property crimes in forming a crime score for each city. A lower score then indicated that the city was overall experiencing less crime. The scores were then set to determine which were the safest cities in the country.

The following are interesting excerpts from the study with Henderson:

  •  Henderson beat Las Vegas overall in being the 2nd safest city leaving Las Vegas at 26th.
  • The Henderson crime rate is 1.9 per 1000 residents.
  • The city’s total crime score was 41.5.
  • Total crimes per 1k people were 19.6
  • Out of the 25 largest cities used in the study, 13 were in Western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, and Nevada.

Other Safe City Options

In Ohio, Broadview Heights was the #1 safest small city in the US. The suburb of Cleveland has a population of over 19k+ with not only low crime but has excellent public schools. Violent crimes per 1k people were at 0.10, property crimes per 1k people were at 0.94 resulting in an overall crime score of 2.2. Four other small cities in Ohio joined in with good safety scores along with five in New York and five in New Jersey.

Next in Cary, North Carolina, the city was voted #1 as the safest midsize city in the US. The 168k+city is also known for its high-income, highly educated population, and having an overall crime score of 18.4 (violent crimes per 1k people 0.7 and property crimes per 1k people 9.9). Out of the top ten mid-sized cities, five were in California with three in New Jersey.

Lastly, in Virginia Beach, Virginia was the #1 rank of being the safest largest city in the country. With this suburban coastal city receiving an overall crime score of 35.8, it has the longest beach that contributes to the city’s economy while having a score of 1.3 in violent crimes per 1k people and 17.4 in property crimes per 1k people.

*All of the information above was found hereOpens in a new tab..

Keeping Up On Safety Regulations

In the city of Henderson, the community follows a program called See-Say-Do Something to do their best to keep everyone safe. The program is designed to keep the community educated and show what actions need to be taken and knowing the resources available.

If what is happening makes a citizen pause and ask, “Is this a typical thing every day?” it is not ok and they should report it if it doesn’t seem right. They are encouraged that no matter if they’re on their way somewhere or out and about a citizen plays a major role in getting the proper help needed. There is a requirement of familiarizing oneself with acts of terrorism-related incidents and the signs leading up to them.

When Reporting To 911

A citizen is asked to remember:

  • Who or what you saw
  • When you saw it
  • Where it occurred
  • Why it’s suspicious

They are told to never be afraid to speak up because if they don’t more damage could be done then what could occur.

What Is Considered To Be Suspicious?

According to, the following are examples of what to look for when a citizen sees suspicious activity:

  • Unusual items or situations: A vehicle is parked in an odd location, a package/luggage is unattended, a window/door is open that is usually closed, or other out-of-the-ordinary situations occur.
  • Eliciting information: A person questions individuals at a level beyond curiosity about a building’s purpose, operations, security procedures and/or personnel, shift changes, etc.
  • Observation/surveillance: Someone pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building (e.g., with binoculars or video camera); taking notes or measurements; counting paces; sketching floor plans, etc.” (SourceOpens in a new tab.)

It’s easy to confuse that these activities could be seen as innocent but it’s still up to law enforcement to warrant the behavior for an investigation.

The following is a video experiment to show how you can spot suspicious activity:

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you consider Henderson, NV to be your next home!

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Ashley Wadas

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