RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A new study shows how the growing population in Reno is affecting the crime rate. Crime increases as more people move to Reno, according to the 2015 Reno Police report. After a dip in crime in 2014, it picked right back up.
Every year, more events roll into town. Last year, the city of Reno hosted 245 events, compared to 241 in 2014. However, these events are also bringing in trouble.
"We are getting more citizens coming here, more tourists coming into the area, which unfortunately, does increase some of our crime rates," said Reno Police Officer Tim Broadway.
It's a natural part of growth, according to Reno Police. The city's population grew more than 3,200 from 2014, and the crime rate has grown in relation. Overall, crime has increased 12.58%.
The murder rate has stayed the same but rape has gone up by 8, robberies are up by 82 and assault has gone up by 182. Pedestrian accidents also climbed from 112 to 117.
"The weather over the last several years has been mild compared to the last few winters, so we have a lot more pedestrian and bicycle traffic, which is unfortunately causing more accidents to occur," said Officer Broadway.
Property crimes have gone up 10.71%. The largest jump is seen in car thefts, going from 775 to 1,021, almost a quarter percent increase. There may be more coming into town, but the police department is strapped on staffing.
"We have seen since 2008 a decrease in patrol officers out on the street."
Under the new direction of Chief Jason Soto, the department hopes to be as transparent as possible with the public. They also need their help to stop these crimes from happening.
"We don't know if we're not properly helping the community unless the tell us about it. Even if you don't live in the city of Reno, if you made contact with the Reno Police Department, we want to know how we're doing and how we can make things better."
Check the attached links for the crime report and community survey.