“We’re holding those accountable that are committing the crimes, so we aren’t as inclined to recidivism,” he said.
Averett also noted the “rapport” that the officers have with those who are apprehended, and said he believed that the majority of cases are just good people who made an isolated bad decision.
While Mesquite sees the same types of crimes committed as larger cities, those offenses happen on a smaller scale. Those types of crimes include drug crimes and theft, issues that Averett said are intertwined as the biggest issue facing Mesquite today.
“There’s a nexus between theft and drugs,” Averett said. “There’s hardly ever a drug investigation that doesn’t led us to a theft, and vice versa.”
Still, Mesquite finished second on BackgroundChecks.org’s list of safest places to live in Nevada. To continue appearing on the list annually, Averett said that keeping MPD staffed will be crucial.
Ahead of Mesquite on the list is Boulder City, where the violent crime rate is 78.1 and the property crime rate is 1.4 percent.
Third on the list is Henderson, with violent crime at 168.9 and property theft at 2 percent.
Fourth is Sparks, with 253.3 and 2.7 percent, respectively. Fifth is Reno, with 517.2 and 3.2 percent, respectively.
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