Ask Joe: How many crimes occur at Burning Man?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 9/12/2013 11:30 am
Patty Gordon wrote in saying she has heard there are many serious crimes committed at Burning Man and she wants to know if that's true?

Patty, Pershing County is considered the lead law enforcement agency when it comes to Burning Man.

I checked with Sheriff Machado in Pershing County. He did not have complete numbers but I did a get partial list.  There are 50 investigative cases which are now open and being investigated.

Machado says the crimes reported at burning man this year included open and gross lewdness, twelve sexual assaults, battery and various property crimes and DUI.  A total of 15 people were taken to jail.   Keep in mind there are more than 60,000 people up there for Burning Man, but there clearly are crimes being committed during the festival.  Again the Sheriff's Department is still compiling all of the numbers and we'll follow up when they have complete list.

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Hray424 - 9/21/2013 10:17 PM
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According to this, siness/most-least-safe-states-america-756544 Nevada had the highest _violent _ crime rate, sorry, I'll try to be more specific. According to this: BRC technically is the third largest metro area, because Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas are all connected , as are Reno and Sparks. And according to this: yearly avg crimes committed 85,040 with a total population of 2.7 million, making the rate 1/32, compared with 1/87 unless you're assuming that all 50 open cases will lead to convictions of crimes, which you shouldn't. Am I being clearer now? But really my point is that this attitude is unfounded. Also, Satanism is only a name, like pagans, they don't worship Satan because their belief system doesn't include Satan at all. That's a Christian thing, purely. Again, unfounded fears. Maybe Cornelius has a point though, you probably shouldn't go just in case.

sabel - 9/10/2013 9:41 PM
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Satanism worships Satan (hence the name), Lucifer, the Devil, the Fallen Angel - whatever terminology you would like to use. Paganism does NOT. The term Paganism comes from the Latin for Country, as in rural, farmland, the opposite of urban. It refers, these days, to any number of beliefs that are not included in the monotheistic Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions. So - if you are Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, Shinto, or believe in the polytheist religions of ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome, the Vikings/Norsemen, or any of the Earth-based beliefs such as Wicca, you are a Pagan. In general, modern Pagans do not necessarily believe in the existence of Hell or the Devil, therefore they would not be able to worship Satan. Please do your homework before making blanket statements.

Paladin - 9/10/2013 3:51 PM
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Cornelius: A lot of us don't want to go OR have it in our backyard. As long as everyone knows what it is and what they are getting into, so be it. What irks me is the false advertizing that it is family oriented and just a "free to be me" weekend of artistic expression. I have friends that insist on going just to look at all the naked people running around. They say pack all your own food and water and don't eat or drink ANYTHING from a stranger as it is likely laced with LSD in the water and pot in the brownies. The amount of illegal drugs injested in one week at BRC is probably more per capita than any other place in the world. AND since you brought it up, dancing around naked and covered in mud/dirt, chanting while the "man" burns is about as pagan as it gets. That's fine if you openly admit what it is. Paganism worships lucifer, the devil, the darkness; whatever you want to call it.

Cornelius - 9/10/2013 12:24 PM
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Yeah, it's REAL dangerous out there, none of you should go. Too many pentagrams and devil symbols.

poondog - 9/9/2013 6:52 PM
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Actually BRC would be the 10th largest city in NV just behind Sparks(90,000) and ahead of Carson City(56,000). If you extrapolate the 50 cases in one week to a year,it would be 2600 cases per year including 624 sexual assaults. A dangerous place indeed!

Paladin - 9/9/2013 3:22 PM
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Superninja: LOL. You are correct. They would have to give the dog oxygen after the first hour.

SuperNinja - 9/9/2013 11:56 AM
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There would have been a lot more arrests if they had a drug sniffing dog at the entrance! It would be like shooting fish in a barrel.

Paladin - 9/9/2013 9:55 AM
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Hray424; To start with I think it may be 5th; Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno, North Las Vegas, then BRC. And I don't ever recall a one week period in ANY of those other cities where there were 12 sexual assaults! So I bet those 12 women (or men) don't think it is that safe. So let's be honest, it is nothing more that "sex and drugs and rock and roll". Didn't Ian Dury get it right, "that's all my brain and body need". Of course with a little old testament paganism and idolatry worship with "the man". I bet a survey would find VERY few Christian crosses out there but thousands of pentagrams and devil symbology. Let's all admit what it really is.

jd111358 - 9/8/2013 8:12 PM
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even including all 50 investigations........out of 60,000 over a week! very low crime rate.............. as far as a comment saying its not the family event advertised. It is not a place for minors! Who really thought it was?

just the facts - 9/8/2013 4:31 PM
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Hray424--I agree that Burning Man gets a bum rap, but where did you get your info on Nevada having the highest crime rate? I think you need to research that again. The crime rate is high, but I can't find it listed as listed anywhere as the highest in the nation.

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