- Las Vegas’ economy could rebound since tourists feel safe being on the Strip despite the recent violence in the area.
- This week, Metro police announced that they had added patrols, enhanced partnership with hotel-resorts, and implemented operations aimed at disarming people on the boulevard.
- Metro police have partnered with casinos to reduce the violence on the Strip.
- Review-Journal interviews revealed that tourists felt safe on the Strip and had sensed an increased police presence in the area.
The perception from tourists that the Strip is safe despite the recent incidences of violence in the area is vital for the economic rebounding of Las Vegas, a city that has been struggling due to the devastation that the coronavirus pandemic came with.
A prominent gaming analyst said that if Sin City is going to recover from “one of the most challenging times” in its history, then Southern Nevada has to suppress violence along Las Vegas Boulevard South. This will help remove obstacles from the aim of refilling casinos and hotel rooms while cushioning the local economy.
This week, Metropolitan police disclosed that they were making progress. They have added patrols, enhanced partnership with Strip casinos, and implemented a pair of operations aimed at disarming civilians on the boulevard.
In a TV interview this week, Clark County Sheriff said the Metropolitan Police Department had begun using covert officers to intermingle with the people. The officers include those in tactical units involving SWAT and Homeland Security saturation team patrolling in late-night hours.
While talking to the Clark County Commission last week, Metro Capt. Dori Koren said that they recognize how the Strip and downtown areas are the “economic engine” of the state. “It is a top priority,” Koren added.
Focusing on Guns
Some of the incidences of violence include gunfire in the valet area of the Aria, the critical wounding of a person in the Strip’s 3500 block, a gunshot fired on MGM Grand’s casino floor, the multiple shooting of a person in front of the Paris Las Vegas, and the deadly shooting of a man by Las Vegas police.
Also, three people sustained gunshot injuries at a bar and liquor store on Flamingo Road near the Strip. Further, a fight occurred at Encore nightclub at the Wynn.
This weekend, a man sustained gunshot injuries at the Miracle Mile Shops, while another person was hospitalized after a group of people on the Strip attacked them, according to Las Vegas police.
Koren said police were aggressively tackling the problem. Moreover, the gaming industry announced its decision to fully engage with police.
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President Steve Hill said that Metro police and resorts are working together “to quickly make adjustments that discourage criminal behavior.” Hill added that the recent implementation of security protocols at casinos and an increased police presence are reducing crime.
Probably, tourists feel casinos and police are doing well. When the Review-Journal interviewed more than a dozen visitors Wednesday, all of them said they felt safe and had noticed an increased police presence on the Strip.