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Breaking Down the Law: How can casinos and police keep The Strip safe?


Police near the Paris Las Vegas responding to a violent incident (KSNV)

Since the resorts along the strip re-opened, we've seen an increase in violence. Many of the brawls caught on camera.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has cited gang issues behind some of the incidents and has launched a new program in tandem with the resorts to increase police presence on The Strip in hopes of keep locals and tourists safe.

But what level of security is necessary for the properties to have?

Property owners owe a duty to patrons and guests to provide a safe environment, to the extent they can control such things. This includes things like clean floors at a grocery store all the way to keeping strip properties free from criminal activity.

Any property can be liable for the criminal acts of third parties if those acts were foreseeable.

If a property, and the area around it, are a fertile environment for criminal conduct -– meaning there is a lot of criminal activity occurring at and around the property -– then the property is “on notice” of the danger and must take reasonable steps to keep the premises secure.

So, when we look at these recent shootings up and down the strip, every casino is on notice that there is an ongoing problem with a criminal element carrying firearms on the Strip.

Because of that, they owe all of their guests a duty to provide reasonable, adequate security to protect against these bad actors. That is why we are hearing about various properties increasing their security measures on the Strip.

They know there is an increased risk of criminal activity right now, so they must increase their security presence to match that threat.

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So, why didn’t the 1 October shooting result in already-increased the levels of security at these properties?

Obviously. what happened on October 1 was an unprecedented event, but there is no doubt it put all properties on notice that their properties could be used for a mass-casualty event.

I think we saw, initially, a huge increase in security measures to make sure guests were not bringing weapons onto the properties. What I fear happened is that, with time and COVID restrictions, a kind of “perfect storm” ‘occurred.

Strip properties have faced unheard-of financial losses, resulting in layoffs. Lower prices have been offered at premium properties, and COVID restrictions in other states have led to massive unemployment, giving many people the freedom to travel to Las Vegas.

So, we have a ton of new visitors to Las Vegas, with some of those visitors obviously engaged in criminal behavior, and it has been combined with Strip properties that may have been understaffed for financial reasons.

I just hope these properties ramp up their security efforts immediately because it is clear there is an ongoing danger to guests at these properties.