My car has been broken into, my home has been burglarized, and I've had so many things stolen in Las Vegas that I just stopped keeping track.
Once, while playing in a poker tournament at the Hilton, I came out to find that all of the reflectors had been stripped from my bicycle. Reflectors are roughly 25 cents each, yet not even these cheap items were off-limits to thieves in Las Vegas. While I was preparing to move, I took a small bag of my boxer shorts out to the driveway, went back inside so that I could get the keys to open my car, and when I returned ... the bag was gone. Someone literally stole my used underwear from my driveway in under 2 minutes. Theft in Vegas is rampant. If you take a shit on the sidewalk and turn your back for 5 seconds, chances are high that someone will steal your fecal matter. It's really that bad.
Las Vegas is a desperate city, and as the local depression worsens, it's only a matter of time before people begin robbing each other on city sidewalks. In some areas, this already happens. Mark my words, as McMansion Ghettos continue to sprawl outward, this crime will eventually spread to places like Summerlin and Henderson as well.
Las Vegas does not post official crime stats that would place it among the most dangerous cities in the USA, and in my opinion, this is because the overwhelming majority of crimes in the city goes unreported. Of all of the thefts I have been the victim of in Las Vegas, I've never reported a single one of them. I don't think I am unique in this respect. When the cops are bigger criminals than the criminals themselves, who do you turn to?
In Las Vegas, the answer is "no one".
Las Vegas has all of the drawbacks of anarchy without any of the benefits. There's really no central protection authority in the city, but if you dare attempt to protect yourself, the Gestapo will throw you in a cage or shoot you in the face.
Las Vegas works for casino owners, local government employees, and the very wealthy, but everyone else is pretty much on their own.
If you are middle class or below, and you live in central Vegas long enough, you will be the victim of crime. Probably multiple times.
Hopefully, like me, most of it will be petty crime ... but you have to stay alert and vigilant.
The LVCVA won't tell you this in their slick promotional marketing, but it's something you need to know.
10) English as a Second Language
If you have ever read the story of the Tower of Babel in the Big Book of Delusional Fiction (sometimes referred to as "The Bible"), you will get a hypothetical example of why "diversity" is not all it's cracked up to be. If people in a specific geographical region cannot agree on a common language, then the entire society becomes a confusing mess.
Frankly, I'm not sure why this problem exists anywhere. Assuming you have a population which is all but the most severely of retarded, the solution is obvious. Instead of people having to learn 12 different languages, one specific language should be assigned to a geographic area, and everyone with the intent of living in that area should learn to speak that language.
It just makes good common sense.
I remember going to a bakery on Desert Inn Road and asking the clerk if the turnovers in his case contained fruit. He continously shrugged as I repeated the word "fruit", "fruit", "fruit", and before giving up, I decided to try the Spanish version of the word ... "frutas".
As soon as the word came out of my mouth, he lit up and said "si si frutas!".
He thought it was kind of funny, but I felt that it was nothing short of sad that a fellow citizen could not understand what I was saying until I added "as" to the end of a common English word. In my opinion, it was just plain lazy, and an outright disgrace.
If I moved to France, I would learn French. If I moved to Korea, I would learn Korean. If I moved to California, I would learn to interject the word "amazing" into as many sentences as possible. Adopting a local language instead of expecting locals to learn yours is just the right thing to do. I cannot believe that any rational person would dispute this notion.
Unfortunately, due to an addiction to cheap, exploitable labor ... this third-world, intellectually void language mish-mash is not only accepted ... but it is actively encouraged in the City of Las Vegas. In many parts (possibly the majority) of the Vegas Valley, it can be quite challenging to find someone who speaks even the most basic English.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, if Las Vegas tripled the quality of its healthcare, it would be indistinguishable from Mexico.
So there you have it.
Since this list was rather long, allow me to summarize.
If you are considering moving to Las Vegas, please consider the following:
There are no jobs, our schools rank last in the nation, our healthcare is quite possibly the worst this side of Bangladesh, our occupying police force is constantly looking for people to kill, we have no usable mass transit, our streets are perpetually clogged with depressed and drunk people, panhandlers and bums are appearing everywhere, we have a corrupt government which will never be held accountable due to our transient population, our power monopoly constantly rapes us with the blessing of our corrupt government, and there is only one industry and that industry is failing.
Aside from these issues, Las Vegas is an excellent place to live.
Please consider moving here and buying one of our houses.