Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleReno/100k peopleNevada/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime8,559n/a (estimate)3,1272,8342,324
Violent crime1,565n/a (estimate)572454370
Vehicle theft1,091n/a398.7490.5282.7
Property crime6,994n/a (estimate)2,5562,3801,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Reno, NV

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Reno is 34.6% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 1565 violent crimes reported in Reno, equivalent to 572 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 54.6%. Additionally, Reno recorded 6994 property crimes, amounting to 2556 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 30.8%.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Reno?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Reno. Based on the results of the surveys (185 responses), 38% of people felt that there was very little crime in Reno and felt safe walking alone at night. While 62% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Reno a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Reno a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Reno crime rate is 35% higher than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 23.45 crimes per day - 4.29 violent crimes and 19.16 property crimes.

Has Crime in Reno Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Reno crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Reno has decreased by 5.2% year over year. Violent crime has increased by 3.4% and property crime has decreased by 6.9%.

Reno Neighborhood Crime Rates

Reno is a large urban city with at least 8 distinct neighborhoods. As a result, crime rates will differ dramatically from one neighborhood to the next. Typically, high density neighborhoods that are located close to the city center, experience more crime than neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city. Some of the safest neighborhoods in Reno include: Northwest, South Reno and North Valleys. Some neighborhoods that have a higher number of reported crime that you might want to avoid include: Northeast, South Central and East Reno.

Potential Causes for Crime in Reno

Reno has a population density of 2304.7 people per square mile, contrasting with the national average of 90.6 people per square mile. High population density cities are often large urban hubs teeming with diverse economic opportunities. Within these environments, income disparities can become pronounced, leading to higher poverty levels. This economic divide may contribute to an uptick in property crimes and, occasionally, violent crimes. In contrast, areas characterized by low population density typically exhibit lower Reno crime rates.

In Reno, the cost of living is 4.5% higher than the national average. A high cost of living can induce economic stress for locals, especially those with limited financial resources. When people grapple with soaring housing expenses, utility bills, healthcare costs, and other essential necessities, they may be driven towards criminal activities, including theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities boasting a lower cost of living may mitigate economic pressures and potentially result in reduced crime rates.

In Reno, the average rental rates are $1,107 per month, compared to the national average of $949. Rapid increases in rental costs can lead to neighborhood instability as residents are forced to move frequently in search of more affordable housing. This transience can weaken community bonds and hinder the establishment of social support networks, which can indirectly contribute to crime. While affordable rent and areas with higher income per capita, allow for long term renters and community bonds to the formed, therefore reducing crime rates on the long term.

Reno crime map

The Reno crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Reno as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Reno crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Reno crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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Crime Quick Facts

  • Reno crime rates are 35% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Reno are 55% higher than the national average
  • In Reno you have a 1 in 32 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Reno is safer than 14% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Reno has decreased by 9%

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        Daily Crime In Reno (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Reno for every 100,000 residents. The Reno total amount of daily crime is 1.10 times more than the Nevada average and 1.35 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Reno, is 1.26 times more than the Nevada average, and it is 1.55 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Reno has a daily crime average that is 1.07 times more than the Nevada average and 1.31 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Reno (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in Nevada and all other cities across the US, is Reno safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Reno is safer than 0% of other cities in the state of Nevada. In addition, Reno is safer than 14% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all Nevada and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Reno. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Reno is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Reno

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Reno is 1 in 175
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Reno is 1 in 40
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Reno is 1 in 32
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Reno, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 175. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 40 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Reno is 1 in 32.

        Year Over Year Crime In Reno (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Reno, NV is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Reno has decreased by 1%, while the property crime rate in Reno has decreased by 11% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Reno has decreased by 9% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Reno police department

        Item Reno Nevada National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)3556,127558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.52.73.3
        There are a total of 355 Reno police officers. This results in 1.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 42.1% less than the Nevada average and 52.6% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Nevada

        State Total offenders Nevada /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 8,163 sex offenders in Nevada. This yields a total of 394 sex offenders in Nevada per 100,000 residents which is 48% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Mogul, NV1,30864334398
        Verdi, NV1,16166346412
        Golden Valley, NV1,085109571680
        Spanish Springs, NV15,8203231,6952,018
        Sparks, NV102,8954172,0112,429
        Lemmon Valley, NV5,1834352,2792,714
        Cold Springs, NV10,7044472,3412,787
        Reno, NV250,9035722,5563,127

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Glendale, AZ250,2905453,2403,785
        Gilbert, AZ248,3491171,0171,133
        North Las Vegas, NV247,2484221,7742,196
        Scottsdale, AZ254,9952331,1111,345
        Buffalo, NY255,8057363,2113,947
        Reno, NV250,9035722,5563,127
        Source: The Reno, NV crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.