After an incident at Cannery Casino in North Las Vegas, where a 50-year-old woman drove her RV into a casino, security experts are raising concerns regarding the city’s safety and security measures. The woman drover her 1972 lime RV in the building after she was kicked out of the casino the previous night. Security personals were able to remove the vehicle after it became stuck. According to a North Las Vegas Police officer
“the woman in the RV wasn’t done, and kept jamming her foot on the gas, looking to inflict more damage, before security pulled her from the driver’s seat. A little bit farther and it would have been into the table games.”
The woman was charged with attempted murder and is being held on $100,000 bail. Locals say they’re in favour of seeing additional barriers in front of the entrance to keep vehicles like this RV away.
Security concerns and awareness have been hot topics since October 1st, 2017-the night a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay killing 58 people and injuring over 800. “There were no bollards out in the front of the Cannery or other types of things to distract the person from wanting to drive through,” veteran Las Vegas casino security director Douglas Florence says. “There are all these reasons why we ask someone to leave, so I think it’s important to understand how we do it,” Florence added. “Sometimes it impacts a person’s decision on how hostile they might be in saying they want to retaliate.”
Las Vegas’ new safety features
The city of Las Vegas wants to keep the city’s great atmosphere but also want to make sure that the 42 million visitors who come each year feel safe. This is why the city added thousands of metal traffic barriers to protect the Strip’s sidewalks from careening cars. The city also added new pedestrian bridges to facilitate a better flow of traffic.
“Obviously, we’re an economy that’s based on tourism, so we want that whole visitor experience … to be very positive,” said deputy chief Andy Walsh of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Another safety upgrade included the addition of bollards, a 5-foot-high metal post anchored by rebar and sunk into 12 inches of concrete. Thousands of them now guard the six-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard between the Sahara Avenue and the Las Vegas welcome sign.