The uptick in violence didn’t change Circa security plans, owners say

  • Circa’s owners have confidence in the security measures they have implemented at the property despite the recent rise in violence in Las Vegas.
  • Derek Stevens said he would implement safety measures similar to those they have applied at his other properties.
  • While Strip resorts have responded to the recent violence in the area by changing some of their operations, Circa owners will stick to the security plan they had.
  • Derek Stevens said there’s a place for evolving the measures over time.

Circa is making its debut at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is stifling visitation in Las Vegas and a good portion of visitors are eliciting violence.

However, co-owners and brothers Greg and Derek Stevens have confidence in the security measures they have put in place at downtown’s newest property.

“There’s been a lot of evolution (with security measures) here over the past few months,” said Derek Stevens. He added that the protocols he has used at his other downtown properties have worked well.

The tourist corridor of Las Vegas, especially the Strip, has experienced a wave of violence in recent weeks. While the overall violent crime rate has dropped in the Metropolitan Police Department’s jurisdiction in 2020, gun crimes and assaults have surged on the Strip. Aggravated assaults in the area are up 29% since 2019.

image of circa logo on a window  with a roulette table in the background

Strip resorts have responded to these events by changing some of their operations. However, Greg Stevens said the upsurge in violence didn’t change Circa’s planned security measures.

When the hotel opens, guests will have to present their room keys at the elevators. They will only access their room’s floor and public floors. Guests who have friends or family staying on different floors may gain access to those specific floors as well through the front desk.

Greg Stevens feels these measures will keep guests from roaming around the property.

While talking to the Review-Journal, he said he thought the security plan they had “was the right thing to do, and it’s what people appreciate.” Greg Stevens added that technology allowed them to implement the measures.

Another area constructed with safety in mind is Garage Mahal, the nine-story building at Circa. Incorporating natural lighting and bright, white LED lighting, the structure averts any dark corners within the property, making guests feel safe.

Greg Stevens said they intentionally wanted the garage area to be “as bright as possible.”

The structure also boasts several cameras that can read license plates. The technology can allow security officers to help guests to locate their car if they can’t find it in the garage’s 982 parking spaces, Greg Stevens said.

Derek Stevens said the venue will open with security measures similar to those applied at the Golden Gate and the D Las Vegas, his other properties. D Las Vegas has implemented ID scanning and temperature scanning and employed extra security officers since it reopened, a company spokesperson said in July.

The ID checks at Circa won’t just be for security. They will also keep guests who are under 21 from entering the property.

Derek Stevens said the security measures at Circa are likely to evolve in the future.

I'm Adam Shaw, Senior Editor and one of the first members at VegasSlots. I'm a massive football sports fan but also love casinos and occasional trips to Las Vegas. Gaming runs in the family

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