How Safe Is Las Vegas for Travel?

Las Vegas, United States
Safety Index:
62

Does the city of Las Vegas need any introducing?

Nope, it’s one of the most famous cities in the whole of America, and the largest city in the U.S. state of Nevada.

Apart from being all this, Las Vegas is the Entertainment Capital of the World.

It hasn’t been nicknamed “Sin City” for nothing: tourists often come here in search of restless, endless nights where they immerse themselves in drinking, betting and all kinds of other vices.

Located in the Mojave Desert of Southern Nevada, this city features many mega-hotel/casino complexes decorated with luxurious details creating a fantasy-like environment that you’d never want to leave.

The casinos are more often than not themed so that they evoke romance, mystery, and exotic destinations.

And although Las Vegas is mainly safe, some areas of the city are best avoided.

Warnings & Dangers in Las Vegas

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Las Vegas is a very safe city, with increased police surveillance and strict laws to prevent incidents from happening. However, remain vigilant around tourist landmarks, since pickpockets are an issue, and keep an eye out for suspicious activities wherever you go.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Taxis and other forms of transportation are known to be very safe and reliable in Las Vegas, as opposed to many other major cities in America. Still, avoid bus, metro and railway stations at night if you're unaccompanied.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

The most common types of petty crime are pick-pocketing and purse-snatching around casinos and strip clubs. However, applying common-sense precautions such as not leaving valuables in visible spots in parked cars, holding your purses tightly and being wise when carrying them, keeping wallets in front pockets, and being alert to one's surroundings should be enough to prevent these incidents.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

You can relax when it comes to natural disasters in Las Vegas - there aren't any that can become a threat!

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : HIGH

When it comes to chances of being mugged or kidnapped, they are moderate in Las Vegas. Stick to the main streets and avoid suspicious areas and neighborhoods, or getting in altercations with obviously intoxicated individuals.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Las Vegas has been the target of any terrorist attacks in October, so further attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : LOW

Scams happen regularly in Las Vegas. If you hear a knock at your door in a Las Vegas hotel, don't open it unless you are that it's someone you know and trust. Use common sense around casinos and similar objects. If you are not expecting someone, do not open the door of your room or accommodation.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

The city of Las Vegas is mostly very safe for women to travel to. Just follow your basic common sense and general rules of things to avoid, like poorly lit streets and deserted areas and you should be fine.

So... How Safe Is Las Vegas Really?

Las Vegas is a mainly safe city and has an increased police presence, but still, you should take usual precaution measures, just as you would in any other city or their hometown.

You should, by all means, stay informed on which neighborhoods should be avoided due to heightened criminal activities and avoid those neighborhoods.

Major casinos are pretty safe, as it would make sense.

Most of them have cameras covering every inch of their property, and uniformed personnel patrolling around at all times because in objects like these, safety and security are of the essence.

Never leave any valuables visible in your car and if you happen to win a jackpot, it is recommended that you ask the casino to hold your winnings in its safe or to pay you with a check.

This way you’ll avoid walking around with huge amounts of money, risking to become a victim of mugging or robbery.

However, if you insist on taking all your money in cash, every casino has security personnel at your service, to escort you to your car or room.

It only makes sense that this city is a paradise for pickpockets, so keep your wallet where you can see it and hold on to your valuables firmly.

How Does Las Vegas Compare?

CitySafety Index
Las Vegas62
New York City67
Miami55
San Diego67
Chicago65
Cordoba (Argentina)61
Toronto (Canada)81
Melbourne (Australia)80

Useful Information

  • Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Las Vegas. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
  • Weather - The climate in Las Vegas is arid with sunny, dry, and extremely hot summers. For example, the average temperature in July is as high as 40°C, but with low humidity, that prevents the temperature from feeling as hot as it would otherwise. Winter is much cooler, with rare snowfall. Spring and fall are very pleasant and the best time to visit Las Vegas.
  • Airports - McCarran International Airport is the primary airport serving the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada. It is located in Paradise, about 8 km south of Downtown Las Vegas.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Las Vegas, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Las Vegas Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 10° C
Feb 12° C
Mar 16° C
Apr 20° C
May 25° C
Jun 31° C
Jul 34° C
Aug 32° C
Sep 28° C
Oct 21° C
Nov 14° C
Dec 9° C
Choose Temperature Unit

Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
151823273238413935282014
Low
°C
4691218232625211483
High
°F
596473819010010610295826857
Low
°F
394348546473797770574637

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6 Reviews on Las Vegas

  1. M
    Mike G. says:

    Awesome!

    Las Vegas is great! I have been going for years and never had any issue with crime, I recommend going not on weekends so it won’t be too full of tourists.

  2. K
    Ken Gee says:

    Vegas is So Worth It

    I Have been to Vegas many times , and things happen quickly , i was walking up the Strip at 8 am ,
    At a bus stop in front of Planet Hollywood , a girl i would describe as Street Wise , wanted 2 dollars to go downtown to see her Pastor , We disccussed this briefly and i turned and walked away , aftef a few Steps , she ran up and kicked me between the Legs from behind and Hollered have a Nice Day , was not the Hardest Kick but ruined my Morning . So much more happens that isnt Classified as Major Crime .
    Veagas is safe , cause there is a high turnover of people , wierd people stick out easily , everywhere is
    Safe everywhere is Dangerous .

    1. A
      Anonymous says:

      Should have given the 2 Dollars

      Should have given the 2 Dollars

  3. Vegas!

    Great for gamblers, but honestly, building a trillion casinos in the desert is not very interesting to me, it’s more the fun of walking around in the hotels, it sounds odd, but the experience is amazing.

  4. S
    Santiago says:

    Safe but you gotta follow some rules

    As the article states, security in and around all major casinos is top notch, these guys don’t want their reputation tarnished by misdemeanors. I saw a lady being catcalled in front of a casino and the security team immediately intervened to get him to cool his jets.

    The only major inconvenience is the likelihood of having your wallet snatched. I did a lot of reddit threading before booking my trip so I knew better than to keep my wallet in my jacket’s pocket or my back pocket.

    If you decide to go solo, always trust your gut and avoid alcohol intoxication, you need to be aware of your surroundings at all times! If you lose control of yourself there are a million things that could go wrong, including finding yourself arrested.

    I wouldn’t suggest getting a ride past the Wynn, it’s a bit odd and you never know what you might find along the way.

    No matter what you do you are bound to see drunk people, just pass them completely ignoring their comments. It’s best to avoid any unnecessary drama.

    If you’ve been there twice you already know what to avoid, especially at night. As for romantical encounters, if you picked up a girl that seemed really nice and agreed to go to your room, I would think twice. This kind of behavior screams trouble. Instances where men found themselves drugged and without wallet or any other valuables are very often found in Las Vegas newspapers. Watching your drink is vital too, as both women and men are roofied.

    Cops patrolling the area is not an unusual sight, especially at night time. Found it alarming at first but then found out this is a regular thing.

    So, to recap: Follow the crowds, get an uber, no dark alleys for shortcuts, tip friendly casino staff and avoid getting too drunk

  5. R
    Raul C. says:

    Honest review

    I live here on and off for almost 22 years. This place has gone from Great and Safe in the 1980s and 1990s to a total murder hole in the 2000s and now. Everyday, always at least 3-4 homicides, half caused be teenagers. Homeless people shooting up on public streets. Selfish residents robbing you. Crazy motorists who target you intentionally to get some insurance payout. And fake women with more plastic than a chinese landfill.
    Not a place for families and children anymore.
    Can’t wait to get out of this desert death trap.

Rated 4.17 / 5 based on 6 user reviews.

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