Vegas Casinos Ramp Up Security Amid Crime Spree

By Ben Hamill - October 22 2020
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Vegas Casinos Ramp Up Security Amid Crime Spree

Violent crime on The Strip and in especially the Las Vegas Boulevard has witnessed a steady rise. Aggravated assault in particular is up at least 4 per cent compared to this time last year. As a result, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has ramped up its overnight security response on weekends, with several new security measures very recently implemented.

From now on out, on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 6 a.m., the security perimeters of the Cosmopolitan’s hotel and casino will be safeguarded in such a way that only specific doors will be used for entering and exiting the premises. Access-controlled metal detection checkpoints have been installed at the allocated entrances, and with the additional measure of officers of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) stationed at each access point during the specified hours.

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The Do’s And Don’ts From Now On

Once arrived at a specified point of entry, the only individuals who will be permitted to enter either the hotel or the casino will be those guests holding reservations with the restaurant or hotel, Cosmopolitan rewards members, and actual casino guests. Every person passing through the allocated access points will furthermore undergo metal detection checks with actual magnetometers and wands so as to avoid individuals armed with any form of firearm or other dangerous weapon from entering the premises.

The bringing in of oversized alcohol from outside will also no longer be permitted. Alcohol must be consumed, and all glass disposed of before entering the premises. Las Vegas, so says Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, previously had no need to care about where anyone got their alcohol and adopted a profile of being wide open and welcoming of all and everyone - their alcoholic beverages in tow. But since alcohol has become a contributor to “bad acting”, the bringing in of outside alcohol has had to be curtailed.

Crisis Leads To Increased Crime

The Cosmopolitan isn’t the only operator to have rolled out increased security measures. Other casinos to have followed suit include Wynn Las Vegas and Encore.

The overall level of crime on The Strip, Boulevard, and even in Downtown Las Vegas has mostly been the collective knock-on effect of the larger global crisis, says Lombardo. This has created a melting pot of anxiety, unemployment, overall bad behaviour (in many cases due to frustration born out of boredom and perhaps even depression), and people’s inability to blow off steam for having no live entertainment or nightclubs to go to.

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