As a Las Vegas Realtor we frequently get asked about crime statistics for specific areas. "Is this area safe?" is a question that comes up. The liabilities of steering accusations stop us from giving our opinions. However, we do point clients to the valley crime tracking resource: http://www.lvmpd.com/crimeviewcommunity/
Potential new home buyers can research the areas they are interested in and determine for themselves whether the area is safe or not.
Las Vegas is a city. Like any city there are going to be crimes. A small town in Montana has crime. The key is to find a place where you and your family feel comfortable.
There are many types of communities in the valley. Some are guard gated, some just gated, and some open to anyone. Some are secluded and some are very public. Residents can determine what makes them feel safe and associate with people who will aid them in a secure lifestyle.