Wynn Las Vegas, one of the most popular gambling & entertainment property on the Strip in Paradise, Nevada, has announced that it has put new security measures in place to deal with increasing violence.
Visitors entering the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Casino are now being scanned for metal objects. The beefed up safety presence also includes a team of K-9 dogs and officers who have served in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and US military branches. Security checks include checking of hand-held bags of anyone entering the properties.
The two aforementioned gambling properties were constructed at the site of the former Desert Inn hotel-casino, which is known as the Strip property where isolated billionaire Howard Hughes spent several years of his life in the late 1960s.
The casino operator beefed up security at its properties on the Las Vegas Strip following a fight that took place at the Encore last month and a number of recent violent incidents involving firearms. Last month’s fight at the Encore facility resulted in more than $15,000 in damages. The Las Vegas Strip witnessed numerous violent incidents in the recent past.
In recent weeks, multiple shooting incidents on the Las Vegas Strip left more than five people wounded. In one incident, a woman was grazed during gunfire that took place in the valet area at the Aria hotel-casino. A separate shooting incident occurred at the off-Strip Stage Door Casino resulted in hospitalization of three individuals.
In another shooting incident on the sidewalk close to the Flamingo Casino, a man had to be rushed to a local hospital. The property had to be locked down for several hours as law enforcement officers kept searching for a suspect. Later, two suspects were taken into custody in California.
Sheriff Joe Lombardo blamed usage of alcohol and drugs for recent increase in violence on the Strip. Commenting on increase in violence, he said, “It’s just a lot of people in a small condensed area and you infuse their desire to have a great time and infuse things like alcohol and drugs and it’s a bad combination.”
In the most recent violent incident, security guards at the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa fatally shot an armed man on Sunday. The South Point Hotel Casino & Spa is located at the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip.
During the months of August and September, law enforcement officers seized more than sixty firearms and took more than 1,100 people into custody in connection with violent incidents occurred on or near the Las Vegas Strip.