Early Crime Stats from Burning Man 2013

Posted by Izzy Combs on October 3, 2013 | Tags: , , ,

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Despite the general populous suspecting crime to be synonymous with festivals, the latest release of crime stats from Burning Man 2013, follow the trend of crime decreasing.

The week-long Nevada desert festival, which reached an all time high attendance rate at 68,000 this year, maintained a pretty peaceful vibe with the total number of arrests dropping from 20 to 15.

With a total of 50 reported crimes overall, the number was very much outweighed by a police presence 100-heavy (and on awesome pink quad bikes) throughout the week.

Top crimes included, according to the Federal Bureau of Land Management and Pershing County Sheriff included open and gross lewdness (to be expected, perhaps), battery, various property crimes and DUI.

The only concerning standout crimes were sexual assaults, one of which was a rape that occurred on the open desert, the victim was held at gun point and abused by two others.

Unsurprisingly a plethora of drugs were confiscated throughout the week in Black Rock City, including, but not limited to, cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, methamphetamine, GHB, marijuana, ecstasy/MDMA, ketamine, LSD, Adderall, and Xanax.

In conjunction with the amazingly low crime rate at the TomorrowWorld festival in Atlanta over the weekend, things are looking up for festival goers, performers and organisers.

To the future of fancy-free partying!

source: Burners

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