Henderson, Nevada

Reducing Stolen Goods through the VECTRS (Vegas E-Commerce Tracking and Reporting System)

Henderson Police Department Building and Cars

Henderson Police Badge

Site LE Agency
Henderson Police Department

Site Researcher
Tamara Madensen, Ph.D. and William Sousa, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Site Focus
Property Crime

SPI Strategy
Problem-oriented policing

Site Cohort

Site Profile
Medium urban area of 107.73 sq. miles with a population of 274,121

Project Overview

Before the U.S. financial crisis occurred, the Henderson Police Department (HPD) had successfully reduced property and robbery crimes, and prevented other crimes such as aggravated assaults from elevating. However, the economic downturn forced HPD to implement a hiring freeze in 2008. With fewer police resources, HPD saw an increase in property crimes and robberies. The Henderson Police Department (HPD also saw a surge in the use of e-trade markets by traditional suspects (selling stolen goods on quick trading sites such as Craigslist, Backpage, etc.). The purpose of Henderson’s SPI project was to develop a data-mining tool based on the Market Reduction Approach (MRA) to identify stolen goods on the Web, return the stolen property to its original owner, and reduce crime and fear of crime in the community.

Data Highlight

  • In 2013 there were close to 1.9 million burglary occurrences (610 incidences per 100,000) in Henderson, Nevada. In the State of Nevada, the burglary rate was actually higher (826 incidences per 100,000).
  • In 2014, Burglaries in City of Henderson have increased nearly three percent (3%) over the same period the previous year.