Nevada #1 Crime Rate Not Acknowledged
Last week's shooting of three managers in a Wal-Mart in Reno, Nevada should not be surprising in a State that has the worst crime rate in the United States. Nevada has been ranked as the Most Dangerous State for the last four years (2006-09) by Morgan Quitno's annual crime rate report.
What is a surprise is the deafening silence about the State's notorious ranking.
A Google search of 'Nevada High Crime Rate News Media' results no discussion of the issue among the State's primary television and print media resources. It also was not an issue discussed in most of the major political contests this year despite the fact that Nevada's #1 status in unemployment, foreclosures, and bankruptcies were all fodder for candidate mud-slinging.
Few people may realize that:
It is unknown if Nevada’s out of control crime issues are effecting tourism as the State has had a steady fall in gaming revenues because of increased competition due to Indian gaming in California and other states. Nevada's gaming industry would likely suffer more revenue losses if were widely publicized. Lower gaming revenues would have a trickle down affect on newspaper and television advertising revenue but, there is no evidence that the local media intentionally avoids the subject.
Gaming also has a significant role in Nevada politics but, there is no evidence that politicians avoid discussing the issue for fear of offending potential major contributors to their campaigns.
The lack of discussion seems to only be feeding the problem. If any effort is being made to turn around Nevada’s position as the Most Dangerous State it is being done without fanfare and without success.