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Report: Nevada Second in Country in Violent Crime

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The FBI says Nevada is the second most dangerous state in the country. But one expert says that's just not the case.

The FBI's stats are taken from 2012 when the national average for violent crime was 386 for every 100,000 people. Nevada had about 600. That's more than 16,000 crimes in a state with just 2.7 million residents.

Tennessee is the only state with more violent crime than Nevada.

But one criminal expert says the Silver State's crime rate is elevated because of our unique tourism industry with gaming and 24-hour entertainment.

53-million people visited the Silver State last year - who aren't included in the crime rate.

"If you take 25 million people, which is half of what we have in a year, in terms of tourists, the rate drops to 66 as opposed to the quoted 600," says criminal justice professor Emmanuel Barthe.

While the stats show high numbers of violent crime -- the same numbers rank Reno as one of the top 20 safest cities.

When it comes to murder, rape, and robbery -- the Biggest Little City is at least 25% below the national average.

"We think we have the ability to show people that it's very safe up here. There's been articles on it, very recently. The stats show it. So, we think we're safe to say that it's a nice place for families and other visitors to come and enjoy a safe holiday," says Ben McDonald, communications manager for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.

Last year, national crime rates increased by about 1% but they've been trending downward for the last two decades.

Written by Paul Nelson

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