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Crime Stats: Santa Crawl 2016



Santa Crawl 2013. Image: Victoria Janicke.

On Saturday, December 10, 2016 downtown Reno was filled with Santas, elves, reindeer, and an assortment of other Christmas characters patronizing businesses for the 16th annual Reno Santa Pub Crawl.

“The final statistics from the City of Reno have been collected regarding this year’s Santa Crawl,” Special Events Program Manager Alexis Hill says. “We want to thank the businesses and participants that helped make this year’s Santa Crawl a safe and fun event.”

The Santa Crawl invites tourists and residents to come to downtown Reno dressed as Santa (or his helpers) to enjoy the services and products of established businesses. The Reno Police Department estimated about 15,000 event participants this year.

City of Reno’s Community Service and Safety Team (CSAST) statistics:

The CSAST includes representatives of the City of Reno Code Enforcement, Fire Department, Police Department, and Business License Division. The CSAST was created to address businesses or issues within the community that appeared to be in need of education and/or enforcement of adopted ordinances that provide for safety and quality of life standards as established by local, state, or federal laws.

CSAST stats:

60 businesses visited

5 citations issued during the event (alcohol cards and code enforcement)

Of note, members of CSAST visited 50 bars, restaurants, liquor stores and businesses in the downtown core the week prior to the event to review best practices and provide detailed information regarding expectations for public safety during the event itself.

Reno Police Department Statistics (these numbers do not include warnings):

2016 Arrest/Citation/Detention Statistics:

  • Misdemeanor Arrests (15):
  • Battery – 3
  • Obstructing and Resisting Officer – 2
  • Intoxicated minor in a drinking establishment – 1
  • Possession of fake ID – 1
  • DUI – 8
  • Civil Protective Custody – 2

2015 Arrest/Citation/Detention Statistics:

  • Misdemeanor Arrests (15):
  • Warrant – 1
  • Domestic Battery – 2
  • Minor in Consumption – 1
  • Possession of Marijuana – 1
  • Failure to obey traffic control device – 1
  • Jaywalking – 1
  • Obstructing and Resisting Officer – 2
  • Open container – 1
  • Intoxicated pedestrian in a roadway – 1
  • Trespassing – 1
  • Assault – 1
  • DUI – 2
  • Civil Protective Custody – 3
  • Citation
  • Battery – 1

The Reno Police Department Regional Street Enforcement Team (SET) also conducted an underage drinking operation throughout Reno during the event. They checked a total of 41 bars with 37 of those passing and not serving alcohol to under aged minors and 4 failed. Here is a list of the bars which were checked:

Bars that passed:

  • The Depot
  • Morris Burner Hostel
  • Louis Basque Corner
  • Lincoln Lounge
  • Davidson’s Distillery
  • Shooter’s Saloon
  • Aura Ultra Lounge (Silver Legacy)
  • Silver Baron Lounge (Silver Legacy)
  • Hussongs Cantina (Silver Legacy)
  • Sports Bar (Circus Circus)
  • North Pole Bar (Circus Circus)
  • Brew Brothers (Eldorado)
  • Bar Centro (Eldorado)
  • Sapphire Lounge (Harrahs)
  • Stage at The Zone (Harrahs)
  • West 2nd St Bar
  • Tonic
  • Thai Corner Cafe
  • The Stick
  • Rockbar Theatre
  • Redrock Bar
  • The Rack
  • Pizza Reno
  • Our Bar
  • Ole Bridge Pub
  • Little Nugget
  • Monolith Bar
  • Knitting Factory
  • Java Jungle
  • Waterfall Bar
  • 1 Up
  • 3rd St Bar
  • 5 Star Saloon
  • Cabaret Bar (Cal Neva)
  • Sierra Tap House
  • Siri Casino
  • Silver Peak Brewery

The following bars failed, serving alcohol to the minor and/or allowing the minor to remain in a saloon:

  • Pipeline Bar (Sand’s) at 345 N. Arlington Ave. (Case #16-23941)
  • Studio on 4th at 432 E. 4th St. (Case #16-23951)
  • Abby’s Highway 40 at 424 E. 4th St. (Case #16-23946)
  • Pizano’s Pizza at 95 N. Sierra St. #102 (Case #16-23937)

“The Reno Police Department continues to work this event as a cooperative effort between those in attendance, the local businesses, the event promoter, and the citizens of Reno,” Reno Police Chief Jason Soto says. “The goal of this event is to create a fun and safe atmosphere for all those who attend, while maintaining our mission of creating a safe city by providing the highest level of police services. While the participants had to brave the wet weather, this year was another successful event using this cooperative concept.”

On March 9, 2016, Council approved an in-kind sponsorship with the Silver Legacy for $6,000 of City of Reno services to be provided to the special event, Santas Under the Arch, which is a group photo taken in downtown Reno as part of the Santa Crawl.

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